CINO. Christian in Name Only.

I’ve got a new acronym for you. CINO, which means Christian In Name Only. If you follow politics at all, you might be familiar with the term “RINO” which is a derogatory term for politicians who espouse views that don’t agree with a particular party (the Republican party, in this case). It stands for “Republican in Name Only.” What it means is that the person uses the label of the party, but they don’t hold to the actual positions consistent with the party. It’s a pejorative term. It’s not a good thing. Instead of being a term thrown out at someone else, I recommend that CINO be an introspective term. I don’t ever know what life might throw at me. Chances are that you don’t know it all, either....

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We See, In Part.

We See, In Part.

This passage grows in stature for me each year, it seems: I Corinthians 13:9-12 ESV For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. I used this passage as a tangential point to my lesson today with our Reason youth group at New Hope. We were in Romans 6 and were discussing grace and why we don’t keep sinning. As I was working up my notes for this week, the above passage came to mind. It so succinctly says, we see only in part right now. My...

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Why Tim Tebow Ticks (People Off)

Why Tim Tebow Ticks (People Off)

The Denver Broncos just finished another game for the record books. All week we heard talk about the “Third Down package” involving backup QB Brady Quinn that was ready should Tebow struggle. We all knew the leash would be short should Tim Tebow look less than average with his passing. (Small disclosure: I just bought a Tim Tebow Broncos jersey because I’m a Broncos fan and I happen to like the Tebow guy, but more on that later. I get no checks for endorsing the guy, but should that change, please send me an email publicity guys and I’ll gladly take a donation to baby-coming-soon = poor dad fund.) As I write, Tebow Norris threw for a season high 312 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers – no other QB has done this all season long....

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On God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC

On God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC

I’ll seriously try not to make this your typical book review. I promise. One of the gifts I look forward to each Christmas is a gift card to either Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble. Everyone talks about being a visual learner, hand learner, or non-learner. I would have to fall under the category of textual learner. (Yes, that automatically makes me a weird person, I know, but I do know some pretty random trivia as a result. Just call me Ken-Jennings-Junior-Not.) You can ask my friends, I remember odd things as well, like once at Battle of the Sexes where I remembered the name of all three of the Power Puff Girls. For the record, their names are Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup and also for the record I carried the men that night to a smashing victory on...

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