Wonder Woman Movie Review – No Spoilers

When you’re dealing with DC’s strongest female superhero, you have a lot at stake.  There are a lot of ways this movie could have gone badly. 1. Zack Snyder and crew could have made Wonder Woman strong and the male lead, Steve Trevor, a wimp, but they didn’t.  Both characters were strong, noble and worthy… Read more »

Heaven Part 5 – Will You Please Shut Up About Streets of Gold?

There are times when I hear people talk about heaven and it makes me cringe.  Not because the topic is unappealing but because their perspective is distorted.  People will say, “I can’t wait to walk on streets of gold.”  “I might be poor on this earth but in heaven I’ll have a mansion on a… Read more »

Women Deserve Better Than This

I don’t often speak at churches, maybe 4 or 5 times a year.  Recently I spoke about culture, specifically the way that Satan is affecting our culture.  Stay with me, I’m not going into a string of spiritual cliches that sound like a mix of Shakespeare and a theology class.  I will continue speaking normal… Read more »

Heaven Part 4 – Does Someone Who Commits Suicide go to Heaven?

This is a question I recently received from two people, one in person and one via this blog.  So I’m sure that others have the same question.  Since my wife, Tina, has been in human services for many years I have some insight into mental illness and depression. When someone gets to the point of… Read more »

Heaven Part 3 – Will Animals or Pets be in Heaven?

Have you ever thought about how we love our pets so much?  Someone visiting from another planet would be surprised by the way we treat our dogs.  We take these furry, sometimes flea infested, time consuming, rolling in the yard, slobbery creatures into our homes.  We talk to them like they are humans, worse, like… Read more »

Heaven Part 2 – How is Heaven Different than Earth?

It should be obvious but I’ll go ahead and state this, we cannot fully know.  There are things that we do know and there are some things that are implied.  While other topics aren’t mentioned or hinted about.  Let’s start with what we know. You will not be married. In Matthew 22 some Jewish people… Read more »

Heaven Part 1 – Indescribable

Read Revelation 4:1-7.  When John is taken to heaven in Revelation chapter 4 he is overwhelmed with all that his senses are trying to comprehend.  He is a first century man taken to a place that goes beyond the edges of his imagination. To give some sort of context, how would someone from that time… Read more »

Election Day, Queen of England, Chinese Water Torture

Here we are on election day.  This is the day that many of us have looked forward to, not because we can vote but because it will be over.  I’m giddy with excitement, I feel like an Ewok on Endor after the death star was destroyed.  Dance little Ewok, dance! This has been the most… Read more »

Psalm 84:10 Bible Journaling

Mallory’s first attempt at Bible Journaling.  She used paint as the backdrop, black gel pen, colored pencils for the rose.  I think it turned out awesome, especially for a first try!

Isaiah 55:12 Bible Journaling

This was made with gel pens for the letters and acrylic paint for the festive dots.

  • You can cry but not for long.

    I recently heard an experienced counselor talking about grief and what she said was insightful.  When a kid loses a pet what do the parents say?  “Oh, it will be ok.   You can get another dog or cat.”  Or when you break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, what do they say?  “There are more… Read more »

  • The Thrill of Christmas without Christ

    Maybe you’re afraid to say this out loud but somewhere inside you find yourself thinking, Christmas without Christ is exciting and fun.  Ok, so I just offended half of you reading this, but stay with me. The cast of characters for Christmas continues to grow, Santa Claus, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, the Grinch, Frosty… Read more »

  • God in the Details

    Modern science and Christianity are often seen as enemies.  Billions and billions of years of evolution versus creation by a loving God are wildly different accounts of our beginning.  Sometimes science and Christianity are the best of friend. There was a church tradition that the apostle Peter was buried on Vatican hill.  In the first… Read more »

  • Davey Blackburn’s Powerful Response

    Today, two men were charged in the murder of Amanda Blackburn.  I’m not going to mention their names or what they called their gang.  You can go to here if you would like to read more details.  Amanda was 12 weeks pregnant with their second child.  These men came into her home and shot her in… Read more »

  • That Little Bowel Guy

    Making a symbol for your company through a logo, spokesman or cartoon character can add or diminish your brand.  Sometimes it’s horrible branding beyond imagination. The first time I saw the Xifaxan commercial with it’s animated bowels, I almost choked.  Could it be that this little pink creature look identical to McDonald’s pink slime from… Read more »

  • Influences

    When we think about influences we tend to think about teens being influenced by peers.  But the influence game isn’t limited to teenagers.  Throughout our lives we are pulled in directions by influences impacting our circle of life and decision.  Because we aren’t always considering how others affect our thinking, we can get some bad… Read more »

  • Our Annual Christmas Shopping Trip

    For 12 or 13 years in a row, Aaron and I go Christmas shopping together.    Christmas shopping was always torture for me prior to this yearly shopping trip.  I couldn’t take the kids to shop for my wife because they can’t keep their little mouths shut.  If I tell them NOT to tell their mother,… Read more »

  • A Maine Hermit

    Recently I was reading an article on GQ.com about a man who walked into the woods in Maine in 1986.  The Last True Hermit  Nothing forced him into the woods, there were no tragic events that served as catalysts.  One random summer day he drove his car near Moosehead Lake took side roads until there… Read more »

  • Mesh Restaurant on Mass Avenue

    On Saturday afternoon we stopped by Mesh on Mass Avenue for some lunch.  Since we had kids in tow they put us in the back room.  Shockingly there were no kids in the front spaces of the restaurant.  This isn’t uncommon with nicer restaurants but it does feel something like the town with no kids… Read more »

  • Fear Mongering

    In this crazy world that rarely makes sense, fear is easy. Paris had a consolidated attack by Isis that left well over 100 people dead.  They attacked with suicide bombers, they fired weapons into unarmed masses.  At least one of the suspects posed as a refugee from Syria.  An international manhunt is underway for the remaining… Read more »