Growing up in a rural community, I had the privilege of learning how to care for animals, whether it was on my own farm or someone else's. While I have a small amount of experience with livestock like cattle and pigs, I owned a couple dogs and raised some rabbits of my own. I often … Continue reading Are Animals Equal to Humans?
I remember when I was around 10 years old, my friends and I walked around town during recess one time. One of my buddies at the time led the group to a small culvert along the railway tracks where he hid a Playboy magazine to show everyone. Clearly this wasn't the first time the guys … Continue reading My Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution
Sixteen years ago I remember when I was about to catch the bus to school, and the television was on when I had heard the breaking news for the first time. It had been recently announced that one of the towers of the World Trade Center was struck by a passenger aircraft. My parents and … Continue reading There Are No Safe Spaces
"If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations VI: 21 In my adolescence, I used to question my … Continue reading What is Truth?
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." - John 12:25 RSV I remember in my youth, I was told by many pastors, mentors, youth group and camp counselors that becoming a Christian is like painting a target on our backs, … Continue reading My Thoughts About Christian Persecution
I am a bit of a messy person. My wife and former roommates can certainly attest to this. In my bachelor days, I used to not fold my laundry, but rather dump all my clean clothes on the floor in the corner of my bedroom and dig through the pile when I needed to find something … Continue reading The Effects of Rapture-Obsession
With all this madness regarding Donald Trump becoming the new American President, I was hoping all the tension and hostility would eventually die down a bit; and maybe, just maybe, Trump would actually prove himself to be a somewhat decent leader. Unfortunately, I've been disappointed by both sides equally. We not only have a loose cannon … Continue reading Should Church and State Be Separate?