Why We Must Never Forget

Ever since I was little, I’ve kept pieces of paper, dried flowers and leaves, tickets, notes, and photos in various shoeboxes at the bottom of my closet. If it meant something, I didn’t ever want to forget it. I felt like I was betraying an old friend if I forgot details from a birthday party…

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What’s Your Brand?

I can still remember the smell of burning hide and the sound of bellowing calves. Regardless of my skills, or lack thereof, I relished every moment working cattle in central Texas as a youth on the Charlie Payne Ranch. But branding was always a treat (for me, not the calves) in that the temporary pain and…

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A Pragmatist in Fairyland

“If there’s no practical difference, there’s no difference;” this was my pragmatist motto by the tender age of 17. Yet, through a series of fortunate events, I found myself just five years later slipping into the least pragmatic of places: fairyland. How did it happen? One afternoon, in my search for fresh streets, streets I…

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The Strength of Submission

ANARCHY IS IN VOGUE, and yet, I can’t get that bad “s” word out of my mind. Marches, riots, protests — everyone wants to belong to a cause. Out-voice the opposing side, and you’ll gain the world’s attention (and possibly elicit change). That’s how it works. But, ironically, the reason we’re living in this pattern…

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Who He Says We Are

When I was a teenager, I started praying through the Psalms. One day, I decided to pray through Psalm 86. But that quickly came to a halt when I ran into this phrase, “Preserve my life, for I am godly,” (Psalm 86:2a, ESV). Hmmm. That was a problem. I couldn’t ask God to preserve my life…

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Signs You Might Be Insane

“Everybody knows that Christianity is stupid.” The social elite love to snicker, “We’ve moved on, we’re smarter than that. Everybody knows that there is no ‘truth,’ only culturally contextualized value-systems. How could anyone believe such nonsense.” But they have us all wrong. Christians do not believe in truth. As if “belief” were a passing preference.…

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What Does Your Rest Tell the World About God?

“AYE AYE, GUNNERY SERGEANT!” my buddy screamed. It was after midnight and I was standing duty at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Earlier, my friend had been trying to study in his bed. He had failed, and was now propped up, with his notes in his lap, fast asleep. He continued to scream…

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A Bright Light and an Eating Disorder

I’ve been reading 1 John wrong my whole life, and I hope you have too, because the Word is going to blow your mind here. Here’s what I used to think when I read 1 John 1:7. “Walk in the light.” I’m supposed to walk in the light. Am I walking in the light? I…

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The Scandalous Grace of Christmas

The Christmas Story — it’s so much more than shepherds, angels, and magi. It centers around God’s promise that a Savior would deliver us from sin and death. It traces the line of a specific family — through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and on down through David and later descendants. They were all real people and you can know…

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How to Rescue Your Kids from the Anti-Culture

I was raised during the height of the culture wars. Grandiose visions of battle were painted for me. I saw myself riding into the battlefield of society. My sword flashing. I was a generation raised up for this fight. I would combat secular lies and bring America back to God.   But I was wholly unprepared…

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Have Hope! It’s Not as Bad as It Seems!

Lately I’ve had all kinds of interesting conversations with friends and acquaintances about our two candidates for President. In one conversation, a relatively reasonable person said to me, “If you can say with a straight face that Hillary is as bad as Trump, you’ve got some serious blinders on.” Not fifteen minutes earlier, I had…

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An Answer to Fear

The triggers vary, the question remains the same. You’ve probably asked it yourself: What are we going to do? A political set-back, a cultural catastrophe — we have to do something, and quickly. Time is running out. And if you are raising children in this culture, the sense of urgency is acute. What are we going…

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Run Wild

What is the pursuit of holiness? I’m afraid we often think of it as a weary effort to do better, to try harder, or solitary confinement, within a checklist of “approved activities,” like a child banished to the corner. Or maybe, deep down, we fear that it’s joy smothered alive. G.K. Chesterton writes in Orthodoxy, “The…

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The Right Kind of High

A Note from the Editor-In-Chief: At Worldview Academy Leadership Camps we are not fans of the traditional “camp high” experience. Just like we are not fans of camp “fluff.” Instead everything we do serves the purpose of deepening the student’s understanding of the Biblical worldview. Our students often experience an emotional  “camp high,” but we…

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Hope, Continually

“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.” Psalms 71:14 (ESV)   You’ve seen those motivational posters right? They show a beautiful mountain or sunrise and word like “Attitude.” Underneath that, a quote: “A human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. (William James)” I dislike those posters. I…

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Your Real Life

Pinch a thread between your fingers.* This is your life’s timeline. Tie a knot as close to the end as you can. This marks your birth. Another inch along, tie another knot. This is where you turned sixteen, attended Worldview Academy. Another inch, another knot. This is where you got married, did your work, watched the…

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Embracing Exile

We live in insane times. I watch what’s happening in our nation and I wonder about this next election’s implications for my generation — and, even more so, for the generations to come. But whatever unfolds in November, the truth remains: our country is changing. So what should be our mindset as Christians in the U.S.?…

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A Theology of Work, Part 2: Cobblers and Crosses

In A Theology of Work, Part 1: The Glory of Work, I explored the goodness of work in God’s design. But, in this age of busy schedules and workaholic attitudes, we can get work wrong; we can even make work inside the church an idol. On the other hand, some of us are in jobs…

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A Theology of Work, Part 1: The Glory of Work

Out of 112 waking hours in a week, a third or more is spent at work (or school, if that is your “work”). Many of us have more time to live out our faith in community at work than anywhere else. Hence, while “work” is not a typical topic for Sunday sermons, perhaps we need a…

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The Dark Side of the Gospel

Pain. It was everywhere. All around me. I sat as one with the crowd of mourners, struggling to fight back the tears. A sudden death. A life taken in an instant. There wasn’t even time to say, “goodbye.” And we, the hundreds gathered in that church, were left behind to be engulfed by the grief, the…

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Giving Thanks (Even When Life Stinks)

There’s no shortage of exhortations throughout Scripture to give thanks and, what’s more, to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This should come as no surprise if we have a loving, giving God. It makes perfect sense. The tough thing to stomach or understand, though, is the notion that we should be grateful in…

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Tiny Sneakers

Here’s my dilemma: I am immortal, recognized and honored by the highest possible Authority, and frankly dazzling. If you saw me for what I am, you would be tempted to fall down and worship me. But I find myself called, at least for now, to be just a mother of five and a Worldview Academy faculty…

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Don’t Panic

Where and when did the homosexual revolution begin in America? It’s a worthwhile question. We learn much when we seek the origins of things. Some say it began in the 1960s with the Hippies and their demand that sex be freed from the chafing confinements of monogamous, life-long marriage. Others would pin the current movement to…

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World Traveler

#explore, #travel, #adventure. These have become popular hashtags for young people. Yet, if we went spelunking in the caverns of our own hearts, I think many of us would admit that we are more interested in impressing others than delving into a true adventure. A true adventure goes much farther and deeper than traveling to…

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The Man with Nothing to Lose

“Rejoice!” says the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4. But what is there to rejoice about? Terrorism rises among us. Fascism and Socialism threaten our politics. We have failed to protect the preborn. So tell me, what is there to rejoice about? The prophet Zephaniah would feel right at home in our age. He watched as…

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Stay Faithful

Whenever my friend, Andrew, finishes speaking with his grown children on the phone, he ends by saying, “Stay Faithful!” He told me, “My children know that I love them because I’ve told them repeatedly throughout their lives.  What they need to hear from me now is encouragement.” I have now begun to say the same to…

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Confessions of a Control Freak

There are moments when my jaw stiffens and my breath is shallow. Tension runs down my neck, spanning like a glacier from my scalp to my shoulders. I can’t relax. I can’t let go. I can’t chill out. I can give a textbook list of reasons why. I’m a first-born. A people-pleaser. A peace-keeper. A…

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Falling into Grace

I’ve always believed my mind could solve any problem. If I puzzled it out long enough, I could conquer anything. Academics? Piece of cake. Job requirements? Done. Marriage? Easy . . . um wait . . . . Kids? What the!?? Sin? Dear God, what have I done?! Life has brought me to my knees,…

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“Marry” Your Church

“I don’t like my church.” It was a confession that he didn’t seem eager to make, but he couldn’t hide it either. My friend had been wrestling with choosing a church for quite a few years and his latest attempt was beginning to fizzle out. I sat across the table from him, halfway into my…

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After Obergefell: Our Dilemma

I’ll just come out and admit it. I’m afraid. Christians lost the culture wars a long time ago, but ever since Obergefell I’ve felt that the final tsunami is coming. So yes, I’m afraid. But I’m also reminded that God’s people have faced far worse. In particular, I remember the three young men who faced…

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The Illegal Trouble with Obergefell

On June 26, 2015, a five-judge majority of the United States Supreme Court redefined marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This was not a surprise to most culture- and court-watchers, but the legal reasoning justifying the Court’s opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, was far less legal and far less reasonable than most…

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A Defense of Wasting Time

Imagine sailing the seven seas in a large, three masted sailing vessel. What if that vessel was shot by an enemy cannon ball. It would be dramatic and difficult to patch the hole while continuing the fight. Now imagine a smaller, but perhaps more insidious problem: a series of slow leaks in the hull. Having…

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The Hobgoblin

As we age, we grow disillusioned. The man who has seen the world has misplaced his trust time and again, and becomes calloused about relationships.  But perhaps it is not only our trust in men that is misplaced; perhaps it is also our faith in reason and rationality. Are our worldviews coherent and consistent? Or…

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The Case Against Reference Bibles

What is a hammer for? Imagine you’d never seen one before, and had no clue there was such a thing as nails? Could you, just by holding the hammer in your hand, discern its function? Perhaps. Some tools make their purpose obvious by their very design, as I learned after hours in a London museum…

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Christians Miss the Point on Common Core

A recent New York Times op-ed piece about how Common Core teaches moral relativism has Christian educators all riled up. Sadly, they have missed the point entirely, again. Moral relativism is nothing new in education. Even John Dewey, the father of modern education, wasn’t doing something new when he stripped education of any transcendent purpose…

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Finding My Reason in a Hobby Lobby Brief

Hobby Lobby was big news last summer. In June, the United States Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, one of the most anticipated decisions of the Court in recent years. Through regulations under Obamacare, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) had mandated that businesses provide its employees insurance coverage for contraceptives,…