Off Topic: Hyper-Abbreviation (a manual)

Language is dynamic. Take any linguistics course, and the ever-changing nature of language is one of the first things you learn. Over time, words morph and change into completely new animals. This is why Charles Spurgeon frequently referred to God as awful in his sermons. It is why Michael Jackson sang a whole song about…

Off Topic: I’m Feeling Lucky.

So, I have decided to write a commentary on the Revelation of John.  There are several reasons behind this. For starters, everyone knows writing a commentary is how you make it into the “big leagues” in the realm of theology. It is also a well known fact that approximately 83% of evangelical commentaries say basically…

Off Topic: Christians say the darndest things.

Words can be contagious. Few things seem to harbor the power of transmittal as words, and with them ideals. Take for instance the words "change" and "hope". When wielded in a certain way, they have the power to win a presidency. I experienced a similar situation here in the last couple of months, howbeit not…

Off Topic: The Fishbowl Effect

I once owned a goldfish. His name was Cochise. Cochise was the result of an unfortunate series of events that ended with 30-50 small goldfish in my bathtub one evening. My only explanation is that I was a college minister prior to coming to Africa. Being the tenderhearted, animal-lover I am, I sought to rescue…

Off Topic: Are Christians closet pyromaniacs?

I like to set things on fire. I blame my father. When I was a little kid, we were always lighting things on fire... and then he taught me how how to make homemade fireworks. But that is another story. I may enjoy the warm glow and soft crackle of a fire, but I am…

Off topic: What did you do this summer?

I have a confession. I have become a Facebook stalker. It all started out innocent enough I guess. Occasionally glancing at photo albums from friends trips, until one day, I caught myself purposely seeking out the Info tab of some friends to see if anything new was happening. I blame my distance. The world, friends…