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Retrospective Lessons From Four Hard Teachings

In agile, there’s this thing we do at the end of a sprint (which is a period of one to four weeks) called a retrospective. We look back at the sprint and think about what went well, what could we do better, and what actionable steps are we taking to get better for the next sprint.

This article isn’t going to be about Trump, Biden, COVID, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, police brutality, implicit bias, Supreme Court justices, or a church splitting. This article isn’t going to be about how we as a nation can do better.

This is just me doing a retrospective before the next sprint. Feel free to read over my shoulder.

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The Hospitalization of Laura And Her Recovery Thus Far

As of April 13, 2017, this story is going well albeit with a long recovery. I write this as an update, to document the details of what has happened—both for the sake of memory and for informing others—and lastly to refer to if anyone asks.

Read more for the story or click here for post April 13 updates.

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How To Be A Christian In The Modern World?

The modern world runs rampant. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. On the one hand people refuse to give thanks to God and embrace every spiritual stupidity available to them. On the other, people take a morally superior, yet hypocritical, high-ground which looks really godly but denies the power of God.

And then you’re supposed to applaud each individual effort at being self-governed.

How is a Christian supposed to live with convictions in a world like that? How can someone even be a Christian in this modern world?

Samuel, one of the last judges, lived in a day like ours. When he was called as a prophet in 1 Samuel 3, we learn four major things about God, his word, and the proper response of God’s people.

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The Cause of Depression

Depression is not imaginary. Well, not always. It’s not always simply physical either. You ask google what causes depression and you get all sorts of answers, but they mostly seem to indicate there is an answer.

Society’s Limited View on Depression

Society has an extremely limited view of the human person. Non-theists hearing that will shake their heads waiting to hear something about spiritual components of persons (they’d be right to expect it but still fall woefully short of the full picture); Christians hearing this will offer a resounding “no duh”.

But in this society, you’ll find non-theists denying any aspect to a human being that is non-physical. The most important problem facing the hungry and homeless is that they are hungry and homeless, full stop, look no further beyond that present state.

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The Best Of 2013

I didn’t write as much as I would like this year. Not apologizing to my individual reader about that, just making a factual statement. Anyway, here is my top five: three from this year, and two top rankers.

  1. My examination of the Pearl Method topped the charts due to a trial conviction. Hopefully parents will stop using this abusive, theologically flawed, and biblically shallow method. 
  2. The question of Christians rejoicing over the death of the wicked continues to be a top-linker.
  3. Sometimes Christians have pat answers to questions and these take some teasing out. Here I tried to answer the question “Should Christians ever be afraid?
  4. I don’t own a gun and (most likely) never will. In fact, for my situation, I don’t think I should have a gun. But the question of Christian supporting guns is more difficult than at first blush.
  5. I was (and am) incensed by the monster Kermit Gosnell and even though he plead out from the death penalty and got life instead, I would hope that the contents of this case are emblazoned in the minds of people—especially Christians.

And as a bonus here is a link to a picture of a mean burger I made this year. Caramelized onions, angus beef, four cheese, lettuce, tomato, everything bread with garlic butter. Boo yah.