Category: News

Contrary to past media reports, Hurricane Harvey shows most Americans aren’t so hateful, after all

There are multiple videos of “human chains” being formed to save people from rising floodwaters in Houston. An old man trapped in his car. A woman going into labor.

Incredible videos of heroism. People potentially endangering their own lives to be good samaritans.

I see those videos, and no one cares who voted for whom. No one cares how rich or poor someone is. No one cares what color someone’s skin is, in fact you see people of different races coming together. There’s no discrimination, or hatred, or malice. Continue reading “Contrary to past media reports, Hurricane Harvey shows most Americans aren’t so hateful, after all”

The Passion: gospel musical on Fox

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Fox aired “The Passion” tonight which was the passion narrative in a contemporary setting, told with popular music. Songs from groups and artists like Whitney Houston, Jason Mraz, Imagine Dragons, Creed, and Jewell were featured. I think it’s helpful to see that popular songs can carry deep Spiritual themes. In a culture that is becoming increasingly less Biblically literate, it’s interesting to tell the story in this way.

All truth comes from God. When music or movies tap into these realities, I don’t think we should turn away. We should embrace these things. For some, this approach will seem too worldly. But let us remember that Fox is a television network and not a church. Continue reading “The Passion: gospel musical on Fox”

The eve of infamy and where I was on 9/11

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Originally posted September 11, 2012

As I write these words, the stresses of everyday life come to mind. I think of how busy I am between school, work, and other commitments. I’m so often short-sighted and allow myself to get frustrated. It’s getting late and I jot some thoughts down before going to sleep. On this night, my thoughts are on the past and with people I’ve never met. Thirteen years ago tonight, thousands of Americans went to bed, unaware that it was the eve of their last day on earth.

For me, that’s surreal. Monday was an ordinary start to the work week. In the evening, people played with their kids, and watched Monday Night Football, and kissed their spouses goodnight. They prepared to go on flights for work, or vacation, or just to make it home. They thought about what bill needed to be paid and the home repair which needed to be completed. They went to sleep like it was any other night and woke up to a beautiful Tuesday morning. Continue reading “The eve of infamy and where I was on 9/11”

March Madness 2014 – My bracket

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I know it could be said of any year’s tournament, but this season’s field is wide open. It’s interesting how many people have picked Michigan State and Louisville in the Final Four, both as 4 seeds.

Of the 1 seeds, Florida seems to be the most complete team. While Wichita State made a great run to the Final Four last year, they have played a horrible schedule this year. That’s not to say that they’re not good, but they’re not going to surprise anyone this year. They have a potentially tough second round matchup with Kentucky. While Kentucky has struggled this year, they’re an extremely talented team. Continue reading “March Madness 2014 – My bracket”

Not guilty, not surprising

I would like to think that any reasonable person can agree that the fact that Travon Martin was fatally shot in an altercation with George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 is truly tragic. On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was found to be not guilty.

In the Trayvon Martin case, I believe that so many people had already made up their minds that George Zimmerman was so clearly guilty that the facts didn’t matter. But the facts do matter. I always believed that the jury was going to find Zimmerman to be not guilty. Taking all of the emotion out of the case, when the facts were presented, I thought that getting a jury to unanimously agree that Zimmerman was guilty of 2nd degree murder (or even manslaughter) beyond a reasonable doubt was going to be difficult. Continue reading “Not guilty, not surprising”

Pastor doesn’t tip. Applebee’s server fired for posting receipt photo

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“I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18”

These were the words written on a receipt at a St. Louis area Applebee’s by pastor, Alois Bell. A server at the restaurant posted a picture of the receipt online and was fired after the photo went viral and the pastor complaied.

Bell has expressed regret. “I’ve embarrassed my church and ministry.”

To be fair, I don’t think that what the server did was appropriate. She should not have posted that photo online and she was putting her job at risk. Big companies take their image very seriously. Continue reading “Pastor doesn’t tip. Applebee’s server fired for posting receipt photo”