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Why People Can’t Stand Christians…

Over the holidays we spent time with some close family friends, and one of the topics that came up during our conversation was a seemingly growing distaste for Christians and Christianity in general. Through our discussion, it was obvious that the reasons for this perception are legion. However, one of the examples given during the talk shined a stark light on the issue. A Tale of Two Speakers One of the individuals participating in our discussion had attended a series of talks at Harvard … [Read more...]

Salvation – yup, there’s an app for that…

Here's a guest post from a funny writer that I've featured before. His name is Bryan Logan. Check out his blog HERE and his entertaining post below. [EdiTOR's Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly "deceptive" spoof. However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile applications. The idea he writes about below is actually a real, mobile application he developed.] If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt you … [Read more...]

ReBranding the Church: Develop a Thirst for Knowledge

  Evan Forester works in marketing and writes for #LiveFully. He believes the church needs a new brand. Most people identify Christians by what they are against, but he believes they should be known more by what they are for. Today, he discusses Christians and their need to have and demonstrate a thirst for knowledge: A History of Thought Leadership For centuries, Christians led the way in discovery of new truths and the applications of those discoveries. In John 8:32, Jesus … [Read more...]

We Need More Than Ourselves

I spent most of my Sundays growing up as a kid being dragged to some kind of charismatic church; tent meeting or guest-preacher service. Mostly I was bored. Often I would sleep under the seats. Sometimes I’d smuggle in Matchbox cars and drive them along the curvey armrests of the pews. And other times I would hear. Kids Hear Things Even as a child, I remember hearing the beautiful music that was elevated by all the voices singing together. In particular, there was a little old Italian … [Read more...]

When Do You Stop Cutting the Crust?

Our oldest daughter is now 11 years old, which seems hard to belief, and is in the sixth grade. Her school bus arrives at 7:30 a.m.  each day - much earlier than the elementary kids' bus she used to ride at 8:50 a.m. So every morning she and I are up around the same time to start our routines for our respective days. Part of her routine is making her own lunch and breakfast. But periodically she'll get jammed up with her other responsibilities (e.g. deciding to shower in the morning … [Read more...]

The Vision of Faith

This past weekend I saw a powerful locker room speech delivered by NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano. The set-up for the video below is important - so bear with me. In January, Pagano took over the leadership roll of the hapless Colts who managed to win only two games last season and lost 14. Their star quarterback Peyton Manning sat on the bench recovering from a series of neck surgeries. During the off-season, the Colts traded Manning and recruited college … [Read more...]

Glimpses of God Through a Messy Diaper

Our son is just more than three months old. Every day his personality emerges a bit more as he masters or starts to develop some new skill. By new skill I mean giggling, cooing, rolling over to his back, holding his head up or keenly following an object with his eyes. As parents we are constantly on the lookout for all of those developmental firsts. For instance, with our first two daughters we have captured on video their very first, unaided footsteps - and we intend to capture that … [Read more...]

5 Facts About Loss

I was missing my parents a lot this past weekend. That's despite the fact that it's been more than six years since my dad died and nearly nine years since my mom passed away. Even though I'm a grown man with a family of my own, the loss of my parents still lingers and seems to sneak up on me in unexpected ways. However, during these past several years, I've come to realize a few facts about loss: 1. Loss Happens to Us All During our lives, each of us will experience the pain and … [Read more...]

Random Thoughts on True Beauty

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. ~Francis Bacon - philosopher I love the confidence that makeup gives me. ~Tyra Banks - international super model The two quotes above capture the spectrum of physical, human beauty. The first alludes to a beauty that transcends physical expression, while the second implies a beauty that relies on an external facade to build up internal attributes. The first is true beauty, the second is false. The first is inspiring, the … [Read more...]

When Trust Dies, Who’s to Blame?

I subscribe to a niche news feed service that sends me press releases and updates regarding religion and faith-based issues. Earlier this week, I saw a press release regarding pastors, priests and rabbis who have abandoned their faith for an atheistic lifestyle. I'm not surprised when religious leaders experience doubt and question lifelong traditions they've followed. Faithful followers from Moses through Mother Teresa have expressed doubts regarding their beliefs and have written … [Read more...]