Are Animals Equal to Humans?

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?

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My Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

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

There Are No Safe Spaces

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

What is Truth?

"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?

My Thoughts About Christian Persecution

"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

The Effects of Rapture-Obsession

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

Should Church and State Be Separate?

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?