What Final Fantasy XIV Can Teach the Church About Discipleship

Originally posted on The Reformed Gamers:
Final Fantasy XIV’s Unique Way of Onboarding New Players is More Profound Than You May Think When I was a teenager, being called a noob (or newbie) was an insult in the gaming community. This is an example of how what is sometimes referred to as “Nerd Culture” can…

Best Books I Read in 2017

I need to give a few disclaimers before the list. First, this is not a list of the best books published in 2017, but of the best books I read in 2017. I reread about 20 books this year. Unless specified, I have excluded those books from this list (I have also excluded some of … Continue reading

Thoughts and Theories on The Last Jedi Trailer

The Last Jedi raises a lot of questions, and, I think, presents several scenes that are shocking or intended to cause misdirection. Luke says in the trailer “This is not going to go the way you think.” The internet has been flooded with theories about the film and videos dissecting the trailer. With so many … Continue reading

The Pleasures of Reading Comics

I have been a self-proclaimed geek for many years. I have always been fascinated by imaginative stories and universes. Since I was little I have loved Star Wars. As I got older, I also began to like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. I considered myself a gamer in high school and college, and I spent a … Continue reading

On the Contemplation of Beauty

Mankind has always possessed an inclination toward beauty. We are captivated and enthralled by that which is extraordinarily beautiful. Often, we go on vacation to specific sites in order to witness the beauty there. We go to art museums, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and the Eiffel Tower in order to behold the beauty available … Continue reading

Possible Electives

Help me choose which elective I would like to teach this upcoming school year. Feel free to make recommendations, criticisms, ask questions, etc.

The Importance of the Journey: Taking Life in One Moment at a Time

Our society is fascinated by having things quickly. We enjoy fast food, immediate text messages, airplanes to provide quick travel, interstate highways to bypass cities and traffic, and every kind of immediate gratification imaginable. We can have anything in a moment’s notice. We are always in a hurry to get everywhere. In the hustle and … Continue reading

The Journey of the Christian: Finding Encouragement in The Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the greatest selling books of all-time. It has been translated in over one hundred languages, and it has outsold every book in history with the exception of the Bible. The famous Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon read this book over one hundred times. Bunyan’s beautiful allegory of the Christian … Continue reading

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost is considered one of the central works of the English canon of literature. The depth and richness of detail, as well as the astounding number of allusions and literary devices make this one of the great works ever produced in the English language. The epic poem chronicles the fall of Satan and one-third of … Continue reading

Review: Interpreting the Pauline Epistles

Interpreting the Pauline Epistles by Thomas R. Schreiner My rating: 5 of 5 stars This brief book is an extremely helpful work on interpreting all of Scripture, not just Paul. Anyone who seeks to do faithful and consistent exegesis would benefit from reading and consistently reusing this book as a resource. Schreiner’s explanations of diagramming … Continue reading