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James T Wood
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The Work of Love
The idea of happiness in romance is pervasive, but not well understood. Usually we judge the success of a romance based on how happy the people seem to be. But measuring success based on happiness is difficult and often damaging. What is Happiness? Martin S...

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What is Love (Baby, Don't Hurt Me)
We've talked a lot about the need to love on this blog. We've talked about how love is at the heart of all of scripture and is at the root of what it means to follow God , and conversely how the absence of love is sin . But we haven't worked on a careful de...

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There Are No Goalposts
First, let me apologize for the lack of posts. Both Ty and I have been extra busy with other projects. That doesn't mean we've forgotten about this one. For my part I have been doing a lot of thinking about how love, as the central theme of scripture , play...

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Hope in the Midst of Fear
I have hope today. Even though last night Charlotte was seized by riots, even though black people are being killed by police (173 so far in 2016), even though my friends and neighbors live in fear. My hope isn’t because things are good today. People are dyi...

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Taking the Lord's Name in Vain
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes his name in vain" ( Ex. 20:7 NET Bible ). The Ten Commandments include, as the third commandment, a prohibition against taking the name of the L...

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The Hitler Card, Godwin's Law, and Why the Future is Bright
If you have been in an argument on the internet you've almost certainly encountered the Hitler Card (or Nazi Card or reductio ad Hitlerum ). There's even Godwin's Law which states "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involv...

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Outrage Porn Leads to Outrage Impotence
You may or may not have heard the term " Outrage Porn ." If it's a new one to you, here's the short version. Outrage porn refers to the use of outrage to drive content, especially on the internet. Headlines and articles pander to a sense of moral outrage ov...

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New Short Story in a New Anthology -- Chronicle World: Feyland
I like making up new worlds. That's a big reason why I love to write scifi and fantasy: I get to imagine everything about the world. But there's also a danger in getting to make up everything about a world. Laziness. Yeah, I know, it seems like the least  l...

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How to Be a Billy Goat in the Wake of Tragedy
Our world suffers tragedy. Often. Trolls use tragedy to stir up conflict but what are billy goats supposed to do?  If you want to catch up on why you should be a billy goat you can do so here: Prologue Introduction Step 1: Listen Step 2: Respect Step 3: Opi...

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How to Be a Billy Goat: Opinions versus Perspectives
Opinions are something we all have, but they don't do anything for anyone but the one who has them. Perspectives are something we can share to help not only ourselves but anyone open to hearing them. If you're wondering why you should be a billy goat you ca...
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