2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Of faith and film

Over the years, I have come to recognize acutely just how central films are for understanding faith—and for teaching it.

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Saying goodbye to Christian America

The ultimate Christian social ethics issue in America is declining Christian cultural power and its fallout in both church and culture.

Down Home

Down Home: Will 'Marvo the Fly' soar again this year?

This year, I broke out in a sweat just thinking about filling out my NCAA college basketball tournament bracket. “March Madness” just about drove me crazy.

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: God at work, just 1,300 light years away

God’s creation still is being created. That may be an awkward way to state this fact, but it’s true.

Down Home

Down Home: What I’m giving up—and not giving up on—for Lent

Joanna and I had what we would call a “healthy” discussion about what I decided to give up for Lent.

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Human & civil rights

Are “civil rights” and “human rights” synonymous? How are these terms interrelated? In what contexts are they used appropriately?

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Focus on over-50s

Our pastor is leading us to provide ministerial sustenance to people age 50 and older. Are we missing something? What are the ethical perspectives of limiting our outreach like this?

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: The rise of the diminished, ordinary God

Do you believe in a god who can change the course of events on earth?

Down Home

Down Home: Just call it job security

The other day, Joanna asked me to get up from my chair in the den, walk into the kitchen and open a jar. I didn’t mind helping my wife. Not one bit. Just call it job security.

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Why I’m not leaving the church

I cannot leave the church. It is where I met God, where I meet God and where God continues to speak to me.

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Situational ethics

People sometimes criticize ethical decisions by claiming they are shaped by pluralism or relativism. Is that wrong? Shouldn't we consider the ethical layers that make up a situation's context when we make a decision?

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: To follow Jesus, you can’t follow yourself

After the worship service, someone asked me: “Does God really forgive us? Even past sins? Even past sins we’ve done again?”

Down Home

Down Home: Medical malady morphs into mystery

Joanna and I love mysteries. Now we've solved one of our own.


Down Home: Angry Birds, spies & my grandson

The government may be using my grandson to spy on me.

Right or Wrong? Racism

Right or Wrong? What is racism

What is the definition of “racist,” and what is required for a person to be racist?

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