How Hollywood Enabled Harvey Weinstein

According to the recent news reports, the world now knows what those in Hollywood have known for years: Harvey Weinstein is (allegedly) a predatory, serial sexually harassing, pervert.

The common denominator to all Weinstein’s alleged conduct is the presumption that women are merely objects who exist to be lusted after, used, and disposed of by males for their sexual pleasure.

This is often referred to as the objectification of women.

Now, granted, there is nothing new to the concept. Men have been objectifying women since the Fall of Man.

However, with the advent of media, meaning photography, film, video, and the internet, this age-old sin has been magnified to the nth degree. It’s what’s at the core of the pornography industry and, to a lesser, but no less real, degree much of the Hollywood film industry. Continue reading…

On Discipleship

The other night I was listening to Notker the Stammerer’s book, The Life of Charlemagne, on my Audio Books app.

In case you were wondering, the book is not narrated by Notker the Stammerer.

Notker died like twelve hundred years ago, they didn’t know how to digitally record audio then, and besides, I’m guessing from Notker’s name that he stammered. It was a difficult time.

So, I’m listening to the book and learn Charlemagne was discipled by Alcuin, who was discipled by Bede.

As a student of medieval history, I had heard of all three, but I did not know they were all connected by discipleship relationships.

Bede the Venerable, an English monk, was considered the most learned man of his time. He wrote nearly sixty books at a time long before typewriters, word processors, or the printing press. Alcuin of York was also English but became the leading scholar in Charlemagne’s court in Aachen (today, Germany) and through Charlemagne helped spawn the Carolingian Renaissance.

Of course, discipleship was not a new concept. Jesus discipled John, and John discipled Polycarp. Polycarp was martyred in 156 A.D. under Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, but was so cool in refusing to sacrifice to the Roman pagan gods, that we are still talking about his martyrdom 2,000 years later. Continue reading…

Las Vegas Shooter Was a Loner

In Genesis, Chapter 3, the Lord said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

It’s almost as if the Lord was getting this truth out on the table early, right there in the third chapter of the first book.

“I’m a rebel Dottie, a loner. You don’t want to get messed up with a guy like me.”

These are the words of Pee-Wee Herman (not be confused with Tom Herman) from that classic flick, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Pee-Wee’s words ring as true today as they did in 1985. You don’t want to get messed up with a  loner; more importantly you don’t want to be a loner. The last we heard of Pee-Wee, he was alone in the back of a movie theater in the dark doing . . . . well . . . . well, look it up. It is not good for man to be alone.

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Why Pastors Don’t Preach on Work

I’ve always been amazed at how rarely pastors preach on the subject of work.

My church is unusual. My pastor makes it point to do so.

But I know my church is the exception not the rule.

Why do pastors preach so rarely, if at all, on the subject of work?

After all, their church members will almost certainly spend more time working than they will ever spend at church, in small groups, or ministering to others combined. Work is the primary reason we obtain an education, and it is something we will do until we retire and often into retirement. It is what we do the majority of our waking hours. And yet, when is the last time you heard a sermon on what God expects from you at work, or why your work matters, or what it means to be a Christian employee or employer?

I’m speculating here to a certain extent because I have not seen any studies on the issue, but I suspect there are four principal reasons pastors choose to ignore the subject of work from the pulpit: Continue reading…

Interpreting Hurricanes

On August 26, 2017, I wrote about the recent eclipse.

I ended the post by stating that because we can now predict when eclipses will occur that the Lord probably does not use them as signs anymore.

Instead I suggested that the Lord probably used arbitrary, unpredictable natural events such as hurricanes.

Interestingly, over the past few weeks, beginning the day after that blog post, I have had a front row seat of the flooding in Houston, Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

I watched the fourth largest city in the U.S. get as much rain in four days as it typically get in a year. I watched as people lost everything they had in a flood experts said should only happen once in every 800 years. I also watched as churches gave money, their time, and their labor to help the victims of this natural disaster.

So, the question arises, “Was Hurricane Harvey some form of judgment?” The answer is I don’t know know, but I don’t think it matters whether we know or not. It doesn’t matter because what this disaster has done has had the same effect as if it was judgment. Continue reading…