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The Glory of God in Rap

Christian rap is completely underrated. It has been spit on, downtrodden, and hated for so long, it's rather pathetic. I have seen this treatment come from all sides, including the Christians. Why? What's so bad about some Christian guys rapping? Nothing, actually. See, here's the problem. Out of al...

Doing the Difficult Work

The rain poured down. Thunder bellowed from the black clouds. Rivers rose. Pastures began to flood. It had been storming for hours but the storm’s intensity had just now reached its peak. Small trees were bent over from the wind. Everyone wanted to seek the dry comfort of their little village houses...

A Young Man’s Decision

John Rettson sat down, sandwich and Dr. Pepper in hand, on a worn leather couch in his mother’s basement. His was a somewhat stereotypical life; he was in his early twenties and lived in his parent’s house. To his credit, though, he worked and paid rent to live in the house, yet he had not yet yield...

Can Fantasy Inspire Absolute Truth?

Christians sure do like absolute truth, don't we? We hear and read about it all the time: the decline of belief in absolute truth in the West, and how this will destroy Western civilization. And that's good. Absolute truth is a fundamental part--one could argue that it is the cornerstone, even--of W...

The Prayer of a Little Girl

The sun beat down on a quiet little neighborhood on the outskirts of a Kentucky town. The black shingled roofs steamed from a summer shower that had swept through and the air was thick and humid. The heat could even be seen radiating off of the ground because of the intense humidity. The moment anyo...

The Unfortunate Truth about Persuasion

If you take any English, Speech, or other communication class, you will probably learn about the Modes of Persuasion.  This idea of various methods of persuasion has been around since Ancient Greece--Aristotle wrote about them over 300 years before the birth of Christ.  In his Treatise on Rhetoric ,...

Christ, the God of Fulfillment

Even in the darkest of times, God is good. It seems cliche, doesn’t it? Yet over the last eight weeks, this has become my mantra. I have repeated it over and over again, and the words still haven’t lost their meaning. We all suffer. It’s part of being human. Some suffer more than others, leaving us ...

What Does It Really Mean to be a Teen

Today’s teenagers are fed a steady mantra. “You’re just teens, what can you do?” “That’s too ambitious, why don’t you aim a little lower?” Personally, I’m sick of hearing it, whether from those close to me or even people that hardly know me. For some reason, we are classified as children with the bo...

What Is the Optimal Age to Date

In today’s world, dating is treated as a recreational hobby. Many do it for fun or for sport, not really realizing the consequences early dating can bring. Many children begin dating as early as ten when their bodies begin to develop and emotions run high. While some view this as appropriate or even...

What Does It Really Mean to Be Grateful

Traveling from a poor, third-world country back to the United States is arguably the quickest way to become grateful. Within mere moments of landing, you, the American, realize just blessed you are, and vow to never forget to thank God for what He has blessed you with. Then, two weeks later, you fin...