The HSL Blog

Cultural apologetics, functional theology, everyday application, and enough salt to make you want more.

HSL Better Than Stuff Series: Give the Gift of Encouragement

This is the season of grand loving gestures and unreciprocated generosity!! (Just ask Jesus.)
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Why Abortion Isn’t Driving Voters to the Polls… (or Pools)

Grab the vapors and recline if you need to but do let it wash over you, we have actually identified the cause of pregnancy.
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Bless the Patriarchy

The idea that patriarchy is inherently bad and must be leveled is a lie from the enemy, intended to destabilize society, deconstruct the family and diminish men.
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Mirror, Mirror On the Wall… Libs of TikTok is Exposing All

No entrapment or coercion, just curating the liberal lunacy of the left. Brilliant. Now it's still basically the same but with security and attorneys.
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Halloween, October, fear

The HSL Guide to Halloween II

You, Believer, can equip others with hope and courage in the form of answers, truth, and scripts that can encourage today and empower tomorrow, whatever battle tomorrow brings. 
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Extremist

As for the elephants in the room? There is simply no need for moderate Republicans anymore. There is no such thing as a moderate Democrat to reach across the aisle towards.
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The Abolition of Absolution

We are the generation dictators desired, without values enough to resist, without history enough to defend, without truth enough to reason... without conscience.
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Halloween, October, fear

The HSL Guide to Halloween: No Fear Here

What to do with Halloween? Does your house go big or go dark? I'm not a fan of Halloween but something scares me even more. Missed opportunities while my kids are still at home.
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The Abolition of Absolution

We are the generation dictators desired, without values enough to resist, without history enough to defend, without truth enough to reason... without conscience.
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Get it Done, Lord!

God knows your potential and limitations. He called you anyway. We aren't enough. And He knows it. He who began the good work is not waiting on you to finish it.
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True Love Waits… for Socialism and Climate Reform

Either He controls wind, wave... and market--or He doesn't. Is Almighty God of the Bible, Lessmighty or just Alrighty God of today?
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Crooks, Crowns, and the Libbish Empire

This week was peak royal… self-unaware, self-absorbed, a smidge snobby... and that’s stateside royals, not even the ones with actual crowns across the pond.
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Socialism is Great… on Paper!

Socialism would be outstanding in a society free of greed, sloth or sin. In other words, a society of plants. But certainly not sinful man
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Mums the Word on Dignity and Reverance

Say what you want about the Queen--but honor, tradition, dignity, and majesty are good and noble things for society.
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Christ, Cactus, and College Football

The rest of the world may be unconcerned but there is a prickly situation in Texas, between TCU and Texas Tech. Christ, Cactus, and College Football. Trust me.
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Your Majesty

Respect the reverence, the pomp, and pageantry. Then remember--your King, though once buried, lives again.
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Little Demon. Big Problem.

You can read exhaustive thoughts on Disney's show Little Demon, but not here. This will just take a minute anyhow.
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Rise, Shine, and Give God the Glory, Glory!

For too long we’ve let a broken world determine what it is to be blessed, the Lord sees it much differently.
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Forgiving a Debt Doesn’t Make You Jesus

If I had fireworks, I’d light em! Two of my favorite things happening right now… when people who reject my God, His Word, His Son, His Spirit and His authority— try to co-opt that which they routinely mock, to give validity and credibility to sophomoric ideas… and in some way pressure Christians, who they routinely…
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Boomers, Groomers, and a Little Perspective on Purity Culture

Beware the progressive voice condemning yesterday's "purity culture," if that same voice is condoning today's radical transgender culture.
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The Danger of Social Justice

Same dust, same ashes. Same shed blood covers us, same blood spills out of us. And those are the only colors that should concern us. We start in darkness, we have been offered ruby red redemption and we will end, in either eternal darkness or light. We should at least consider how the enemy has…
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That’s Racist: Public Schools to Fire White Teachers First

Seriously. This is actual racism and not the kind that is embedded or systemic, unintentional or unfelt. This is not the kind that you are guilty of by virtue of existence or skin color. This is not even the kind that wasn’t last year but is this year… because triggers or terms are changing daily,…
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There’s a Reason Everyone Loved Top Gun 2

There’s a reason everyone loves Top Gun Maverick… aside from the nostalgia for us “seasoned” folks, aside from the G’s, Mach 10, and dogfight (hellooo football) scene… it will make hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars for this reason: It was JUST entertainment. It didn’t make you feel like garbage about your country, your…
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The Guide, The Blind, and You.

I just can’t take my eyes off of this. It’s the best illustration I’ve ever seen— of discipleship. Paralympian David Brown and Jerome Avery. Google them. Watch all the videos. Read all the articles.   That’s what this thing we are doing is. A guided run. Two people willingly bound together, a blind and a…
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Take It On the Road

Originally published: Nov 2020 I know everyone wants to talk about the gas, politics, etc. But I just don’t. I don’t have the energy for it. There are, however, several conversations I have been wanting to have over the last few days, but they didn’t seem appropriate or I didn’t want them to get lost…
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His Character Trumps Your Coping

Goood Morrrrrning!!! Serving up consistent theology for breakfast. I know, right?! Delish. It almost takes the sadness of intermittent fasting and having to drink black coffee like a trucker away. Almost.  Let’s look at good theology. You’re saved right?  You’ve placed your faith in Jesus, turned from sin and are walking in obedience, right?  Eternity…
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Not As Righteous As You Think

I have a feeling it’s gonna be that kinda year… Again. This may be more salt than your Sunday is ready for. You will likely hate everything I’m about to say. The most shocking thing to me is not that there is division or corruption in the nation or in politics. The most shocking thing…
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Ain’t Identity Politics Grand?

My favorite thing is when we assign good intentions, moral authority, and integrity based on gender… alone. Especially, when we’ve been told gender is just an imagined, social construct anyway. We live in a time of actual misandry, contempt and prejudice against men, though you wouldn’t know it with everyone screaming “Misogynist!” at every “peeing…
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Know Your Stuff.

***This is a perspective post, not a political post. This is Kayleigh McEnany’s binder for daily briefings. And, really that should be understood to be this is the culled down, portable version that represents countless volumes of information and hours of preparation… for every single day.   So… being prepared to give an answer for…
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Fear Is Not a Virtue.

Fear IS NOT a virtue. Quit boasting in it.   “I’m trembling…” “It gives me chills…” “This is trauma…” We have adopted the language of fear over things we should NOT fear. Words. Ideas. Man. Possibilities.   We have so childishly elevated these things to such undue and undeserved heights… and then we boast in…
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I’m a trained Marxist. -BLM

When someone says “We are trained Marxists.” You need to sit up and take notice. Do you know what that means??   Pointing out self-avowed Marxism isn’t to detract from the reality of racism. It’s not a distraction. It’s not a strategy to blame shift or avoid justice. It IS to sound the alarm, that…
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7 Habits of Highly Humble People

What if the habits you are trying to maintain are the exact ones He intends to change? If the Lord intended us to go on as we were… He would allow us to go on as we were. But, oh no sir! He obviously intends we be thoroughly changed. Zero areas have been left in…
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The Letting Go

If the Lord wills…. These words said by some of the bravest, closest followers of Christ. Paul and James…men so confident in what they saw and KNEW, that they would leave lives they knew for deaths they didn’t. Men of conviction and clarity. These are the men who ultimately and humbly acknowledged… only the Lord…
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The Finisher

This is my girl, Much Afraid. You can see it on her precious face. Scared to the point of tears. That instant where your flesh begs to be bowed to, in relief or rescue. This is that. As, her Mama… I could tell she wanted to bolt and not in the same direction as the…
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The God of the Bible

Did you wonder if the God of the Bible could still captivate, activate and change the whole world at once? You should not be wondering now. Do you think COVID was outside of His will or awareness?   Ask Pharaoh. Ask kings and presidents how in charge they felt when The Ruler chose to reign…
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Don’t Say Nothing About Nothing

You can’t say anything… you’re not from here. You can’t say anything… you’re a man. You can’t say anything… you’re a woman. You can’t say anything… you’re the wrong color. You can’t say anything… you’re no one. You can’t say anything… you’re someone. You can’t say anything… you are privileged. You can’t say anything… you’re…
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