I love cooked octopus! I love the texture of it when it is grilled, sautéed, or marinated in vinegar. For me love the texture, it is like sautéed calamari (baby squid): when sautéed you expect it to have a rubbery texture but it’s not rubbery. Instead it is delicate and tender. That’s octopus but not … More Octopus!
“Have you been saved” is a common question that Liberty students ask one another along with what their name is and what they are studying. Yes, Liberty students do care about each other’s personal salvation in Christ, a little too much in my opinion. Kevin Roose found this to be a little daunting at first … More The Unlikely Disciple: Have You Been Saved?
I love eating mezze style when I am out with friends or family for a light afternoon lunch. I love mezze even more when I’m eating Lebanese cuisine. The idea of mezze style eating is new to U.S. and is usually associated with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. But mezze is truly a Lebanese style … More The Idea of Mezze
The Day of Purity is an Evangelical holiday that is celebrated on February 14 that asserts and celebrates the Christian teaching of chastity before marriage. I have nothing wrong with practicing chastity or having a day dedicated to the idea but what I do find curious is that the Day of Purity is solely practiced … More The Unlikely Disciple: Day of Purity
At Liberty there are two different personality followings: Jerry Falwell and Jesus. The Jesus following is to be expected at the school, after all it is a Christian college, but the Jerry Falwell following is just plain odd. You would think that at a university that is so dedicated to Jesus that Jesus would be … More The Unlikely Disciple: Personality Cult
Jerry Falwell likes to refer to Liberty University as Bible Boot Camp. And, well, it is Bible Boot Camp. The lives of Liberty’s students is governed by a strict set of rules that are designed to help promote a Christian life according to Evangelical standards. After Kevin wrote about some of Liberty’s rules in his … More The Unlikely Disciple: Enter Bible Boot Camp
The book was suggested to my the Assistant Pastor that is part of the American University United Methodist Student Association I might like to read after he heard two friends and I talking about Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. The Assistant Pastor said it would provide me with insight into Liberty’s inner workings. You might … More The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose: An Introdutction
On Sunday, February 6th I attended the D.C. Interfaith Leadership Summit that is held annually by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. The Summit creates a space for interfaith leaders in the D.C. area to engage in interfaith dialogue with other religious and non-religious communities. This is a day-long event that is kicked off with … More #DCFaith: D.C. Interfaith Leadership Summit
While the word is focused on the Syrian conflict and Daesh, there has been a steady rise in West Africa concerning Islamic extremism and terrorism. The most well known of these groups is the Northern Nigerian based Boko Haram, also known as Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyyah (Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad) … More The Veil: Banning the Face Veil in West Africa
The 2016 Summer Olympics (summer for the northern hemisphere) in Rio are a few months away but the US’s first American Muslim woman is about to make history. Ibtihaj Mohammad will be the first American Muslim to compete in the Olympics in hijab while supporting the US in women’s fencing. When Mohammad is not practicing or … More A Muslim American Woman about to Make History