Culture & Society · Pet Peeves

A Cynical Review of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Perhaps I am too cynical, but I initially position myself on the edge of my seat when I go to watch a Hollywood movie as I wait to absorb the politically correct statement or message that is sure to come. Gone are the days of going to the theater to sit back, relax, eat some…… Continue reading A Cynical Review of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Christian Living · Pet Peeves · The Tongue

Did Putin Get This One Right?

Setting aside the issue of free speech, it is tempting to support and applaud Russia’s new ban on swearing. According to REUTERS, “A Russian ban on swearing in films, plays and books came into force on Tuesday (July 1, 2014), a policy designed to appeal to conservatives but which Vladimir Putin’s critics condemned as a…… Continue reading Did Putin Get This One Right?

Biblical Doctrines · Christian Living · Pet Peeves · Self-Esteem · Sin

The Problem With Self-Forgiveness

When the Spirit of God brings a person to repent of sin it is not unusual for there to be a measure of self-loathing. The prophet Isaiah had this spiritual experience and wrote about it: “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,…… Continue reading The Problem With Self-Forgiveness

Christian Living · Culture & Society · Pet Peeves · Politics

Conundrums In American Society…And Other Things That Make You Go Hmmm

A conundrum is a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words. Many will remember as a child being asked by someone at school, “What is black and white and read all over?” The answer, “A newspaper!” If your friend was really clever the answer might have been, “A blushing zebra!”…… Continue reading Conundrums In American Society…And Other Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Pet Peeves · Worship

The Loneliest Literature In All the World?

Anyone who has ever attended or visited a Baptist Church—usually of the Independent or Southern variety—has probably noticed, as I have, something peculiar about their songs. It seems their hymn books were ordered with only the first, second, and last verse in each song. What else could possibly explain singing only three verses of any…… Continue reading The Loneliest Literature In All the World?