If you aren’t reading Neil Shusterman, you should be. His Unwind series may be one of the best current YA stories addressing 51jfK5ckM8L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_significant moral and social issues in a way that leads readers toward the truth. This post will focus primarily on the final book, Undivided. If you are not familiar with the series, it may be helpful to read some observations about the previous books. Here are the links (along with a brief overview) for Unwind, UnWholly, and UnSouled.

Unwind

Unwind is compelling. It’s disturbing. It makes the moral heart of our culture’s debate about the aforementioned issues unavoidable. It’s one thing to write academic papers about post-birth abortion; it’s quite another to vicariously experience the murder of innocent people deemed unworthy of life. The reader can’t help but cringe at the empty deception in defense of Unwinding while cheering those who fight to stop it. Though Shusterman intended to take a neutral approach by highlighting hypocrisy on all sides, the story sends a clear message about the value of human life.”  Continue Reading…

Christmas Myths

Scott Smith —  December 8, 2014 — 1 Comment

Introduction

mynotes[1]Recently, I ran across some notes I made several years ago in the days following Christmas. I’m not sure what inspired all my scrawling, but I had over a page of ‘notes to self’ as well as questions I jotted down for later research. That “later research” turned out to be Continue Reading…

“So, would you ever leave your faith?” That’s what I was asked. It had come out that I didn’t think evolution was plausible, and that I thought God better explained the facts.

My friend asked me, “So, what if evolution were proven? Would you leave?”

“Leave what”, I asked. “Christianity, or belief in God?” Continue Reading…

This is part 4 in my current Sunday School class called “What is God Like?” (If you’d like to learn more about the series, check this post.)

This week we looked briefly at God’s infinity, then began our journey exploring God’s relationship to time.

  • “What is God Like? – Exploring the Attributes of God, Part 4″
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What is God Like? (pt 3)

Scott Smith —  September 28, 2014 — Leave a comment

This is part 3 in my current Sunday School class called “What is God Like?” (If you’d like to learn more about the series, check this post.)

This week we finished introducing some terms and concepts and began looking at our first attribute: aseity. Aseity simply means that God is self-existent and independent. God exists simply by virtue of his own nature.

  • “What is God Like? – Exploring the Attributes of God, Part 3″
    Links:   audio  …  handout

And as always, if you end up following along with us, let me know . If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it!