Category: Commentary

The cost of becoming famous

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In an international incident, three UCLA basketball players were detained in China for stealing sunglasses. One of them was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The Ball family has come to prominence in the world of sporting news in large part due to the outspoken patriarch of the family: LaVar.

This week, the family announced that LaVar has pulled LiAngelo out of school (which is still confusing how a grown man gets pulled out of school, but it fits the overbearing m.o. of LaVar). As with everything, LaVar has made a spectacle out of the situation. He tried to justify the players, arguing that they weren’t punished further in China, so why should they face consequences now that they’re back here n the United States?

The Ball family has their own reality show called Ball in the Family, which is clearly their attempt to be like the Kardashians (and the two shows are produced by the same group). LaVar is also often times trying to hock products from their Big Baller Brand apparel line. Continue reading “The cost of becoming famous”

Leadership lessons learned in college

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10 years ago today, I accomplished one of my great goals in college. I became president of the Bowling Green State University Interfraternity Council (IFC). When I was elected, there were 16 fraternities and a few hundred fraternity men.
When I was in college, I loved being in a fraternity. They’re still the memories of college I most cherish (let’s face it, I certainly didn’t love college for the classes and homework.) It was being part of something, having a group of brothers – many of whom, I’m still close to. Continue reading “Leadership lessons learned in college”

Thanksgiving everyday

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We have opportunities throughout the day, everyday to either be thankful or thankless.

I heard someone ask the question a few days ago, “Why does God make some people more miserable than others?” I was struck by that. There are certainly some people who have different challenges in life than others do. Continue reading “Thanksgiving everyday”

500 years of Reformation

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500 years ago today, the history of the church, of Europe, and of the western world were forever changed in the town of Wittenberg Germany. Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a list of grievances against corrupt and unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. The impact of this event continues to ripple throughout the Christian world.

Luther was not the first person to call for reform in the church. Continue reading “500 years of Reformation”

Scripture and the Reformation: our infallible authority

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500 years ago this month, the history of the church, of Europe, and of the western world were forever changed in the town of Wittenberg Germany. Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a list of grievances against corrupt and unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. The impact of this event continues to ripple throughout the Christian world.

Luther was not the first person to call for reform in the church. Continue reading “Scripture and the Reformation: our infallible authority”

Dark day in the city of lights

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I’ve never been in a war. But I see the clips from Las Vegas, and it looks like a war zone. I can’t imagine the chaos when facing that barrage of bullets.

Whenever these tragedies happen, there are incredible stories of heroism. They say the shooting lasted for roughly ten minutes. It’s incredible that a person who was so well armed, shooting from a distance, was able to get tracked down so quickly. People stepping up to take care of strangers. There will undoubtedly be stories of people who died to save lives. People who shielded loved ones with their own bodies, valuing the life of another ahead of their own. There are always those stories in the face of evil. And I think that’s what we should remember. There are more people who want to help than to harm. Continue reading “Dark day in the city of lights”

A priest, two goats, and salvation

 

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For observant Jews all over the world, this evening, the Day of Atonement is remembered. The Day of Atonement is the most holy of days in the Jewish calendar. It’s an annual picture of forgiveness that people could have. While Christians don’t celebrate this day, it’s one worth studying because everything about it points to Christ and the gospel.

Atonement refers to God’s work of dealing with our sin. Because of sin, the relationship between man and God has been broken. Continue reading “A priest, two goats, and salvation”