Star Wars’ Worldview

The logical conclusion to the philosophy behind the Star Wars saga hit me like a ton of bricks when our family finally got to watch Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. (From the perspective of a cinematic experience, I thought the movie to be quite entertaining. That is, I thoroughly enjoyed it! However, I find its worldview troublesome …Continue reading →

A MAGIcal Christmas

This short story is an adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi.” I dedicate this story to Ginny and Brad Caldwell–two godly examples of sacrificial love. Beautiful. Gentle. Gracious. These are the three things Bradley loves most about his newlywed wife, Virginia. This would be their first Christmas together since the accident. About six months ago for the …Continue reading →

Count the Cost

We were bought at a high price (1 Cor 6:20; 7:23). And now as Christ followers, we do not belong to ourselves (1 Cor 6:19). We deny ourselves (Mt 16:24) and we die to ourselves (Jn 3:3-6) making no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14). We have no rights over ourselves as if we were autonomous beings in control of …Continue reading →

The gods are fallen…

I read this paragraph in Steinbeck’s East of Eden and it wrecked me, in a good way. This pericope reminds me of how children innately see their parents as immortal beings impervious to corruption, as well as to the constellation of cracks that take place in their porcelain little minds when they realize that their parents are not gods. It …Continue reading →

The Beauty of the Bending of Light

One magical morning, it began to snow outside. Matter of fact, so much snow had accumulated outside my front door that I couldn’t leave my home. But strangely enough, it hadn’t snowed anywhere else in town. So reluctantly I remained indoors. But what happened next absolutely amazed me: as I turned on the lights to my Christmas tree, a world …Continue reading →

Theology Matters

What we believe about God affects how we practically live our lives and even how we worship Him. Sadly, too many Christians naively think that they don’t need theology or to be better informed about who God really is. They think, more or less, that all that is needed in the Christian life is to believe in Jesus Christ as …Continue reading →

“It’s Just Business”?

I can’t think of anything more offensive to God than the all-too-common slogan “It’s just business.” Someone may respond back: “Well, what about saying ‘I don’t believe in God’?” True, existential atheism is a problem. However, treating people unjustly is an offense to God’s character; it’s practical atheism, in that one could be a believer and yet be denying God …Continue reading →

Three Things to STOP doing, immediately!

(1) Expecting things in your life to go perfectly. Yes, you were made for eternity. That’s why you seek perfection, desire beauty, and hunger for unending happiness. But we live in an imperfect, ugly, and forlorn world because of sin. So when things don’t go your way or when things get you down or when you get scared, it’s simply …Continue reading →

Joe Christian

Troubled senior, Joe Christian, moves to California during the middle of the school year with his mother to escape an alcoholic and abusive father. In his youth, the man was a national championship wrestler. Now, he lives in his glory days coaching wrestling at a high school that is well-known for producing All-American wrestling champions. Joe’s father has been verbally …Continue reading →

Suitcase of One

Saying goodbye in 1979, we left our motherland and father behind. “Will we ever see you alive again and feel your fraternal embrace, and if not, how long before we forget the sound of your voice, your high cheekbones, and your fearless face?” Courage and strength led you by your fists to stay and fight CONTRA communism and atheism, all …Continue reading →

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