The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Last week I set foot in a movie theater for the first time in seven years. After watching An Unexpected Journey, the first movie in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, on DVD, my dad and I went to the Majestic Cinema to see “The Desolation of Smaug”.

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Ken Ham Versus Bill Nye the Science Guy – FREE! Live Tonight!

Tonight at 6 PM CST, Ken Ham and Bill Nye will be having a live debate at The Creation Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio.



Ken Ham is President of Answers in Genesis and The Creation Museum. He is a well known speaker and creationist who believes in a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.

Bill Nye is also a well known speaker. He is most famous for his place on PBS’s Bill Nye the Science Guy television series. He is an adamant evolutionist.

They will be debating tonight over the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” You can watch the live debate stream on Watching the debate is totally free. Simply register with your email address and number of people who will be attending.

Plus, be sure to check out the pre- and post-debate commentary at by Ray Comfort and Mark Spence of, Bodie Hodge, and others.

You can also check out other sites that have featured the debate, like Glenn Beck on The Blaze and Grace Mally (see her promotional materials too).

Debate starts at 6! Until then, check out Answers in Genesis’s promotional materials and spread the word!

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Super Bowl XLVIII

So, the Forty Eighth Super Bowl was last night. Siri gave me the full information on the results.


Perhaps not the most exciting game, with the Broncos giving a two points to Seattle in the first play of the game, compared a win by the Baltimore Ravens of only three points last year, but there were several interesting records broken. First off, this was the Seahawk’s first Super Bowl win. Also, the Seahawk’s tied with the Miami Dolphins (for their Super Bowl win in 1972) for the team with the youngest average age to win the Super Bowl at 26.4 years old. The Seahawks also got a kick return for a Touch Down and an interception for a Touch Down in the same game. I think there also may have been a record for the most fights requiring referee intervention as well. But maybe that’s just my imagination…

Definitely some interesting stuff happening. Did you watch the Super Bowl XLVIII? What other records do you know of? Let us know in the comments below.

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Quote of the Day

“History is a ribbon, always unfurling; history is a journey. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us… Now we here again the echoes of our past: a general falls to his knees in the hearts know about it for just; a lonely president paces the darkened halls and ponders a struggle to preserve the union; the men of the Alamo callout encouragement to each other; a settler pushes West and sings a song, and the song echoes out forever and fills the unknowing air. It is the American sound. Is hopeful, big hearted, idealistic, daring, decent, and fair. That’s our heritage; that is our song we sing it still. For all our problems, our differences, We are together as of old, as we raise our voices to the God who is the author of the most tender music. And then he continued to hold as close as we fill the world with our sound – sound in unity, affection, and love – one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that he has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass the dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.”

Ronald Reagan; Second Inaugural Address, 1985

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Michael’s Two!

(This may be Michael’s first selfie)

IMG_1587 IMG_1610 IMG_7299 IMG_7300 IMG_7309 IMG_7712 IMG_1589 IMG_1590 IMG_7262_Cropped IMG_7172Happy New Year, everyone!

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Adoption Update!

Big news in our adoption! We are submitting our letter of intent to China asking to adopt a little girl we have been referring to as Sparrow. Get the full story on our adoption blog here:

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Quotes of the Day

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better for you to be alone than in bad company.”

George Washington

“Religion… Can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force and violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion according to the dictates of conscience; and it is the mutual duty at all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

Virginia State Constitution

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Christ’s Birth and the Connection to Prophecy

Merry Christmas, everyone! This post is part of a Christmas Blog Bash some friends of mine and I are doing today. A “blog bash” is when multiple bloggers all post about a related subject and then link to each other. This one is about Christmas and my topic is (drum roll, please) Christ’s Birth and its Connection to Prophecy.

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What John Bunyan Teaches us about Death in The Pilgrim’s Progress


I recently read John Bunyan’s classic allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress as part of my ‘Great Books’ curriculum for school.  Bunyan wrote it while he was imprisoned for not conforming to the state church’s practices in the early 1670’s.  It was one of the first times I had read a book that was from that time period so the old English was somewhat of a stretch for me, but I was still able to appreciate his message in the book.  One of my favorite parts of the book Continue reading

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The Founding Fathers, Forgiveness, and The Bible

Taken from The Founders’ Bible, “Unlimited Forgiveness” pages 1467-1469.


Timothy Pickering

Timothy Pickering (Wikipedia)

“Whatever imperfections or faults are in my character, I trust that implacability [hard-heartedness] forms no part of it. As a man, it would do me honor — as a Christian, it is my indispensable duty — to forgive those who offend me.”

Timothy Pickering, (General in the American Revolution and Secretary of State to George Washington and John Adams) when asked for forgiveness for the way an associate had treated him.


Richard Allen

Richard Allen (Wikipedia)

“Let no rancor or ill-will lodge in your [heart] for any bad treatment you may have received from any. If you do, you transgress against God, Who will not hold you guiltless … I am sorry to say that too many think more of the evil than the good they have received.”

Richard Allen (former slave, wagon driver in the American Revolution and founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME); America’s first black denomination) when speaking to other blacks who had also been mistreated and enslaved.

Forgiveness also was a prevalent topic in the Bible;

“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Matthew 7:2   NASB

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”
Matthew 6:14-15   NASB


Who do you need to forgive today?

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