Author Archives: Joel

That I Am a Christian is not Religulous

As a teenager, I was watching a foreign film on Showcase in the middle of the night and was rewarded with a simple message delivered in subtitles from a Catholic priest. The essence of the priest’s sermon can be summed … Continue reading

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Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven

When I was checking my Kindle to see if a book had become available in this format, Don Piper’s book, 90 Minutes in Heaven, came up as suggested reading. Since it seemed like a great value and I like reading … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a 4th Grader

That boy Derek caught me from behind. He hit me in the back of my head and I fell. He kicked my knapsack open and looked in it. He emptied it. I told him no, that I had to take … Continue reading

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Preface to Stages on Life’s Way: Recollection vs Remembering

On one particularly hot, lazy summer afternoon, my wife complained that she was bored. After numerous sighs, I finally helped her pass the time by placing one of my favorite books, “Stages on Life’s Way,” by Soren Kierkegaard, in her … Continue reading

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Pulp Christian – Pulp Fiction vs. Passion of the Christ

One offers brain particles all over the interior of a car, the other a drawn out, bloody journey to the cross. One is viewed as gratuitous violence, while the other is praised for portraying the anguish of the Savior. Let’s … Continue reading

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Conscience Jolted and Yet No Apology

I’ve maintained for a long time that men need to hold each other accountable, at least to a certain degree. A few months ago I was on the receiving end of some firm advice and since then I’ve taken the … Continue reading

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First Speech on Love at the Banquet: The Young Man

After a long day in the office, I walked into the house to find my wife waiting for me with her hand on her hip. “Hey beautyterrific,” I said with forced, friendly enthusiasm. Lee Anne just glared at me. “Oh no,” … Continue reading

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Spell-Binding Sunset – Response To Dostoevsky’s “The Devils”

After finishing Dostoevsky’s The Devils again, I was struck by how sad Stavrogin’s decision made me despite the atrocities he committed; and I also found myself thinking about spell-binding sunsets. Whenever I find myself awed by the brilliant colors of … Continue reading

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Beckoned

I woke up beckoned. But to what? At the time I knew not “what” and yet there was a stirring within me—a desire to succumb to my unquestioning, absurd obedience to a feeling I could barely comprehend. Full of desire, … Continue reading

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Inspiration of A Dog’s Religion

When it came to writing the book “A Dog’s Religion,” I thought about my subject for three or four months before I started to even make notes. The inspiration for the book came when I was attending a church in … Continue reading

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