Does Eminem Get the Gospel?

In Contemplation, Culture, Desire, Discipleship, Formation, Habits, Purpose and Meaning, Resolution, Surrender by Bizgainey2 Comments

Does Eminem Get the Gospel?

Legend has it that The Times once sent an inquiry to famous authors, asking the question, “What’s wrong with the world today?”

To which G.K. Chesterton responded:

“Dear Sir,

I am.

Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”

Eminem’s 2013 smash hit, Monster, topped the charts in no fewer than twelve countries.

Featuring guest vocalist Rihanna, the heart-thumping rhythms and hard-driving vocals were greeted by worldwide applause and assault.

Many within the Entertainment industry applauded Monster, while many in the Christian community assaulted Monster.

Admittedly, his lyrics are often …
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Football, Formation, and Faith, Pt. 5: Vision Precedes Victory

In Christian Leadership, Culture, Discipleship, Football, Formation, Habits, Spiritual Formation by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Football, Formation, and Faith, Pt. 5: Vision Precedes Victory

The past few weeks, temps have swelled above 90 degrees with humidity over 70% and a heat index that often makes it feel well over 100 degrees down here in South Florida.

Yet, throughout the South Florida region, football teams are running two-hour+ practices to get ready for the upcoming season.

Why expend so much effort during the most unbearable part of the year?

Vision, that’s why.…
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Football, Formation, and Faith, Pt. 3: It’s Always More than Friday Night!

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Pt. 3: How Well We Perform Does Matter, But’s It’s Always More than Friday Night

Every high school football player knows that the goal is to win on Friday night.  That’s why they practice.  They repeat plays and schemes over and over and over again so that, come Friday night, they behave on and act from the habits they’ve developed in practice.

I’ve watched as the Defensive Coordinator and his staff, have run a particular defensive scheme over and over again.  At times, it seems, they’ve focused on one or …
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The Marvel of Mystery In the Majesty of God

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My wife and I are fans of Masterpiece Theater’s  hit series, Downton Abbey. We used to be HUGE fans.  Since the untimely and unfortunate death of our favorite character, Matthew Crawley, we are now mere fans.  Fans who, of course, watch every episode of each season.

This past week’s show featured the invention and use of the wireless.  Otherwise known as the radio.  An astounding invention firmly resisted by both Robert and Violet, the shows resident guardians of all that is pure and true.  In other words, all that represents …
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How Silence and Solitude Renewed My Disrupted Soul

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The most meaningful moments in life have not been those which I have seized. Rather, they have been moments that have seized me.  Or, moments that have swallowed me whole.

Consider, for example, the months of October and November in 2007. Melissa’s last round of chemotherapy had come and gone.  Though I was maintaining my duties as husband, father, friend and pastor, my interior life was languishing; it had been for some time.  Ironically, Melissa’s interior life was in full bloom.  Lymphoma proved to be fertile soil in which her …
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