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Katniss and Her Friends: Why the Hunger Games Resonates

– Wrote this a few years ago after reading the books. Some people told me this is crazy, it’s just a teen-lit story, I’m reading too much into it. Others said this is crazy, because I’m merely stating the obvious. Hmm. Anyway, here’s why I think this isn’t “just” a story. (Is there such a thing?) – Make a glance at Daisy Slots to see a plethora of online slots platforms and their rules, not… … Continue reading

Hey New Dad: This Is the Challenge You Were Made For

So you’ve got little kids. Everything — every single, stinking, thing — is a hassle. You miss hanging out with other adults. Another family invites you over for a simple dinner, but getting out the door is a logistical nightmare on the order of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Procuring a babysitter requires more energy than a “date night” seems to be worth. You can’t go anywhere, even out for a quick coffee with somebody, without lengthy,… … Continue reading

Yearning for the Undeniable God

A text to my radio show: I’m trying to hear God’s voice.  I’m trying to listen.  I’ve read that God is always speaking.  I want something that isn’t a whimper. Something personal. Something I cannot deny or doubt. Everything I believe says God wants the same thing. So what is the problem? I wish I knew your name. And I wish I knew your name because… my response would sound so much better. Bad news… … Continue reading

In Response to Jane: Here’s to Giving Up

(From the email-bag archives.) Hi Brant, I’m Jane. Just another 16-year-old girl. And I don’t know if you have time for this, probably not, but I need someone to talk to right now, and some advice. And my friends have their own problems, so I don’t want to bother them with mine, mostly because they can’t really help me, but I felt like I needed to reach out to someone, and you seem like a… … Continue reading

Danger: Here are the Writings of a Crazy Man

I’m going to write this post in ten minutes. It’s going to sound crazy. Be forewarned. And I’m disabling comments because I don’t want to have a big race argument. (Although, I must, say, I’m really pleased on the whole with how kind people generally are in the comments on this blog toward one another. I just know how posts like this can attract the opposite.)   Here’s where I bring the crazy: If you… … Continue reading

How to Stop Being Angry About Everything You See On Facebook

Maybe you’ve noticed: Everybody’s ticked off about stuff. All the time. even named last year the “Year of Outrage”, complete with a handy, interactive calendar that lets you pick any day of 2014, and it’ll tell you what everyone was ticked off about on that very day on Twitter. A few weeks ago, I released a book called Unoffendable, and it’s about anger. It’s about “righteous anger”. It’s about Jesus, too. And that’s the… … Continue reading

No easy answers in the face of evil The Bible doesn’t avoid what happened last night, so I know God doesn’t avoid what happened last night. Is the book of Psalms, David grapples with, “God, where are you?” “Why is this happening?” “Where did you go?” “How come you didn’t step in in this situation?” I actually draw peace from that, even though I’d like things to be tied up in a bow. Some people will do that to you. They’ll just… … Continue reading

She Never Crushed Me

So there we are, then and now. And yes, we were blurry. Those were blurry times. Everything was blurry in 1990. It was before we all switched to our HD selves in the 2000’s. Marriage is hard. And if you’re paying attention, there’s a tip-off right at the start to let you know it’s going to be a challenge: They have you take solemn vows, in front of a crowd of witnesses, when you swear… … Continue reading

If Jesus Had a Blog: I’m Telling You Who I Am

What up. Haven’t blogged in awhile. Big crowds! …of course, they disappear when I lay out what it means to follow me. But attracting a crowd is never, ever the point. Hopefully, people will remember that. Anyway, just wanted to sum up some of the stuff I’ve said in public, in case you’ve missed it! Here you go! (I put my words in a different color because you guys like that kind of thing.) I… … Continue reading