Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”

We sang a hymn at church this morning that I really liked.  I was restless, irritable, and discontent before we sang this hymn.  I felt, well, offbeat: we would sing hymns, and I did not know where exactly we were, … Continue reading

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Is Bill Cosby Right? 5

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson talks about Bill Cosby’s family problems.  Dyson does this, not to air Cosby’s dirty laundry or to accuse Cosby … Continue reading

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Psalm 148

In Psalm 148, the Psalmist exhorts the angels and various sorts of creatures and phenomena of nature to praise the LORD.  Leslie Allen states that nature is summoned to praise the LORD because “God’s people need helpers, as it were, … Continue reading

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Is Bill Cosby Right? 4

In his controversial “Pound Cake” speech before the NAACP in 2004, Bill Cosby criticized and ridiculed fashion trends within the African-American community: baggy pants, body piercings, etc.  Cosby was also critical of African-American parents who give their children unusual names, … Continue reading

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Abraham, Lot, Relationships, Sources, and Welcome

In The People Factor, Pastor Van Moody draws some interesting conclusions from the biblical story of Abraham and Lot.  Essentially, Moody argues that Lot was a bad friend to Abraham, one who was holding Abraham back spiritually and was even … Continue reading

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Is Bill Cosby Right? 3

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?), Michael Eric Dyson talks about a time when an African-American held him and a female companion up at gunpoint.  Dyson reasoned with … Continue reading

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Is Bill Cosby Right? 2

In my latest reading of Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, Michael Eric Dyson cited studies that contradict Bill Cosby’s assertions in his controversial 2004 speech before the NAACP.  Bill Cosby chided the … Continue reading

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Lutheran Challenge to Calvinist’s Assurance

Originally posted on With All I Am:
What can a Calvinist say to a person who struggles with his assurance of salvation (this also applies to evangelism)?  From reading and pondering some Lutheran blogs’ posts for some time now,  I…

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Book Write-Up: The People Factor, by Van Moody

Van Moody.  The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2014. Essentially, this book is about choosing the right people to be friends.  A lot of what it said was … Continue reading

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Is Bill Cosby Right? 1

I started Michael Eric Dyson’s 2005 book, Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?).  The book is a critique of Bill Cosby’s controversial 2004 speech before the NAACP.  Dyson contends that Cosby in that … Continue reading

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