Redeemer Arlington Update: Newest Addition to the Jordan Kauflin Family

A quick update to Redeemer Arlington. Jordan Kauflin’s family got a dog, a German Shorthair Pointer. I was surprised when I saw this in my social media feed, and decided to write a response. After all who is better to respond than someone who grew up in a family that has had five German Shorthair Pointers? This is going to be a fun and reflective post for the Kauflin family.  Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: The Sound of Music

This Saturday I am going to highlight Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Its a classic that doesn’t need much introduction. Mary Martin was the original Maria von Trapp and Julie Andrews played the role in the movie. The musical is set on the eve of Germany annexing Austria in 1938. Maria accepts the job as a governess and falls in love with the children and ultimately their father Captain von Trapp. The Nazis want Captain von Trapp to go into the German Navy. He and the family flee Austria into Switzerland. World War II is about a year away from breaking out in Europe. This has had many Broadway revivals. I hope you have a good weekend!  Continue reading

From Mormonism in Montana to Sovereign Grace in the Washington, D.C. Area; The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Comes Full Circle

This is a reflection on how the “Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” has been observed over the years. From being outside Christianity and inside Mormonism and meeting former evangelicals who struggled with discernment and had converted to the LDS faith; to experiences in evangelicalism along the way. After all is Mark Noll’s theory correct when a graduate from the United States Air Force Academy calls a Sovereign Grace church the healthiest church he has ever known? But at the end is this author validating the theory by trying the evangelical church again and again? Is that my form of cognitive dissonance?  Continue reading