Jesus is Better than Your Bucket List

Before I die, I want to ______________. (Fill in the Blank) It is common to hear such expressions among Christians. We state, without much thought, that we hope that we get to do something or see something before we die. We call it our “bucket list,” which refers to the things that we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The implication is that death will steal from us opportunities that we do not want to miss out on in this life. I understand this to a point, but I contend that…

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Abstinence is Not Enough, Or Why a Prohibition Culture is Not Ready for the Opioid Crisis

I have been a Southern Baptist for my entire life. And, for as long as I can remember, I have been taught to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Of the many Bible verses that I heard while growing up, Ephesians 5:18 was a constant. “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” To this, every Bible-believing Christians can and should say, “Yes, and amen.” The problem, however, is not with the prohibition to…

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Echoes in NBC’s New Show, “This is Us”

(Disclaimer – This brief review should not be understood as a full endorsement of the show or future episodes of the show. It is not kid-friendly. It does deal with some themes that could be understood as inappropriate. Watch at your own risk!) This week, a new show, entitled “This is Us,” premiered on NBC. My wife and I were admittedly in the dreaded “show hole” following our binge of the Netflix hit, “Stranger Things,” so we gave this new…

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Worldview Wednesday – What is a Worldview?

The goal of studying the concept of worldview is best summarized by James W. Sire in his book, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog. He writes with the hope to “encourage us all to think in terms of worldview, that is, with a consciousness of not only our own way of thought but also that of other people, so that we can first understand and then genuinely communicate with others in our pluralistic society.” This goal flows from the…

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