I'm currently working in a sweet writing gig that I got in a fairly miraculous manner (ask me about it sometime, it’s a pretty cool story). I am a graduate of Biola University and a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute, and I'm also married to the extremely beautiful Anna Mulligan. I write on literally anything that strikes my mind long enough to make it onto my computer, although it generally comes back to some aspect of theology. (I'm also a not-quite-hardcore gamer: I would probably play League of Legends with you, just ask for my tag). You can also follow my personal blog at http://imperfectfornow.blogspot.com/.
When Jesus encounters demons in his travels throughout Israel, there are a couple reactions that we would expect from demons. Fear. Shuddering. Apprehension.
But there’s one reaction we see multiple times that, on first thought, wouldn’t be expected: Surprise.
In Mark 1:24, Jesus encounters... April 11th, 2013 | Religion | Read More
“A chance for Faramir, Captain of Gondor, to show his quality…”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
Caution: The following post contains a slight spoiler to G. K. Chesterton’s The Man who was Thursday. Read the book and then come back to read this afterwards. I’ll wait.
Given... March 12th, 2013 | Apologetics, Religion | Read More
I think that certain strains of modern worship do some things really well, and some things really poorly. I’ll be using my own church as my primary example, since this is (obviously) where I experience the most “corporate worship.”
First, the good.
Freaking awesome guitar solo... February 28th, 2013 | Music, Religion | Read More
I just read a fascinating article on Huffington Post. It’s written by Shane Windmeyer, a “Nationally recognized LGBT leader in higher education; bestselling author; executive director, Campus Pride,” and it details his contact and eventual friendship with Dan Cathy, of Chick-fil-A “Guilty... January 30th, 2013 | Culture | Read More
Why is it that there are certain television shows that, despite sharing common themes, could hardly be more different:? How I Met Your Mother and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for example, initially struck me as being, on the surface, quite similar. A group of friends in the big city, focusing... January 16th, 2013 | Television | Read More
This is dedicated to John Mulligan and Phil Zachary, or Papa and Gampy to their grandchildren. They are two of the greatest grandfathers anyone could ask for, and they died within weeks of each other two years ago this Christmas season. We remember them, and we remember that they live on with their... December 18th, 2012 | Religion | Read More
Gandalf the Grey: “Those are goblin Wargs! They will outrun you!
Radagast the Brown: “These are rhosgobel rabbits! I’d like to see them try.”
What kind of movie combines the epic music, breathtaking vistas, and heart-pounding fight scenes of a Hollywood blockbuster with the silly... December 17th, 2012 | Film | Read More
“What exists now is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing truly new on earth. Is there anything about which someone can say, “Look at this! It is new!”? It was already done long ago, before our time… I, the Teacher, have been king over Israel... December 7th, 2012 | Holidays, Religion | Read More
The Old Testament tells a lot of stories. Sad, heartbreaking stories; miraculous, uplifting stories; and stories of life, love, friendship, and epic heroism. But behind all of the stories, behind the travels of Abraham, the trials of the Israelites, behind even the victories of David and the temple... December 6th, 2012 | Religion | Read More
“The mystery of Christ runs the risk of being disbelieved precisely because it is so incredibly wonderful. For God was in humanity. He who was above all creation was in our human condition; the invisible one was made visible in the flesh; he who is from the heavens and from on high was in the likeness... November 29th, 2012 | Religion | Read More