Christian Magnell

Ares, the god of war

Ares is the god of war. He is one of the false gods we worship most prominently in the US. The other false god is Eros. I'll save that for a different post. As for Ares: Be very careful in... Continue Reading →

What Is Our Responsibility?

I just started reading Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea recounting the lives and experiences of Koreans who have escaped the north for elsewhere. It's fascinating. I'm only about 70 pages into it, and don't normally recommend... Continue Reading →

Calm in the Storm

Jesus can calm any storm. But what about having faith through the storm? Check out Matthew 8:23-27: 23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into... Continue Reading →

Can We Handle Quiet?

One of the challenges of living in the Internet and smart phone age is that people have grown accustomed to constant interaction and entertainment. Imagine standing in line at Publix (our local grocery store in Florida): if people are waiting,... Continue Reading →

Being a Person of Peace

This Sunday we're beginning a new series at Beachside Community Church called "Creating Culture" looking at our life together and how we live out our faith (or not) by the culture we create in our midst. Will it be one... Continue Reading →

What I Learned While Away from Facebook

I took a little over a month off from Facebook. There were a multitude of reasons, but it could simply be summed up like this: I got tired of it. I saw (and engaged, occasionally) in too many political posts,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Ash Wednesday

Here are some thoughts I shared with my church, Beachside Community Church, as we approach Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday, at 7pm, we'll have a worship service marking the beginning of a period in the Church Year called "Lent." Why do... Continue Reading →

Thanking a Soldier

Coming back from Army drill last weekend, I headed to Publix grocery store.  In the parking lot a woman stopped to thank me. This is a regular occurrence, as people frequently stop to say "thank you" when you're in uniform.... Continue Reading →

Virtual Reality – A new reality? Part 1

Driving back home from Miami last weekend, I listening to a couple of "must hear" podcasts from Ted Talk Radio: Screen Time - Part 1 and Screen Time Part 2. Listen to them both. You can read this first, but... Continue Reading →

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