Bad Moms Review

Despite its constant and bizarre sexual innuendos, hardcore drinking, and drastically inappropriate language, “Bad Moms” is in every other way a pretty good movie. In the film, Mila Kunis plays a long suffering “perfect mom,” who does everything she can to help her children succeed, but groans under this tremendous of being perfect. When she catches…

Why Four Gospels? Book Review

Black, David Alan. Why Four Gospels? The Historical Origins of the Gospels. Gonzalez, Florida: Energion Publications, 2010. 106. $10.19. Available on Amazon. Introduction Dr. Black’s treatise, Why Four Gospels? argues for Matthean priority in accordance with the internal evidence of the Synoptic gospels and the longstanding witness of the church. According to Dr. Black, patristic…

Book Review: “Tell the Truth” by Will Metzger

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully & Lovingly, 4th ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012. 300. $13.32. Available on Amazon. Tell the Truth: Summary Will Metzger brings his long experience as a campus minister at the University of Delaware to bear in Tell the Truth. As its…

Book Review: “Questioning Evangelism” by Randy Newman

Newman, Randy. Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2004. 269. Available on Amazon. Questioning Evangelism: Summary Campus Crusade minister Randy Newman models evangelism on the example of Jesus from the gospels. Newman focuses on the “rabbinic evangelism” of Jesus and the engaging questions Jesus asked to disarm…

The Top 5 Historical Forerunners of Donald Trump

First, we’ve had one president who’s become a reality TV star—Barack Obama, and now we have a reality TV star who wants to become president—Donald Trump. Trump has shocked all observers with his upending of the Republican establishment and his success despite the frequent, politically incorrect and ludicrous gaffs he makes on and off the…

Book Review: “Master Plan of Evangelism” by Robert Coleman

Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Tarrytown, NY: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1972. 190. Available on Amazon.  The Master Plan of Evangelism: Summary From the outset of The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman states his reason for writing to explain the “controlling principles governing the movements of the Master in the hope…

The Benefits of Writing in Iambic Pentameter

Introduction In freshman year English, my teacher Mr. Johnson assigned a paper on Oedipus Rex that, including its introduction, 2 body paragraphs, and conclusion, could be no longer than 500 words. And, we could not use the verb to be in any of its forms, including “is,” “are,” “am, “be,” and “was.” Undaunted, I deemed him a fool, and…

Latin Loan Words and Phrases in the Gospel of Mark

Introduction The early church attributed the gospel of Mark to Peter’s “secretary,” Mark, who transcribed Peter’s words as Peter preached in Rome. While the church fathers provide ample support for this claim, Mark’s Roman origins have been supplanted of a Syrian-Palestinian provenance due to Mark’s themes and settings. Because Mark’s subject matter better addresses a…

Breaking Bad & “What is Man?”

This post looks at key themes from the popular television show and relates that theme to one key aspect of the Christian worldview.

“The God Who is There” Review

The God Who Is There. By Francis A. Schaeffer. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1998. 226. Available on Amazon.  Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer dedicated his life and ministry to reaching a post-modern world with the gospel of Christ. In his writings, lectures, and fellowship with unbelievers, Schaeffer demonstrated the supremacy of God as the only Being…

“Hole in Our Holiness” Book Review

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness. By Kevin DeYoung. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 159. Available on Amazon. Introduction & Summary Kevin DeYoung composed The Hole in Our Holiness to exhort our contemporary church culture to pursue the oft-neglected quality of holiness (10). While God exhorts His…

Million Dollar Baby Film Review

Clint Eastwood’s 2004 Million Dollar Baby depicts the tragic boxing career of Maggie Fitzgerald and her attempts to find meaning and purpose amidst the misery of her backwoods, poverty-stricken Missouri upbringing and her desire to compete as a boxer. The film explores the philosophical claims of existentialism, which advocates that man should attempt to find…