Writings by Cole Huffman

Hills to Die On

During the Memphis snowpocalypse, I read a short book by Gavin Ortlund:  Finding the Right Hills to Die On . He offers a fourfold way of ranking doctrines. It’s as helpful for the pew as the pulpit: First-rank doctrines are  essential  to the gospel itself. Second-rank doctrines are  urgent  for the health and practice of the church such that they frequently cause Christians to separate at the level of local church, denomination, and/or ministry. ... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 18
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Test the Spirits

The filmmaker Oliver Stone once said in an interview he didn’t want integrity blocking his creative growth. He wanted the freedom to spin stories as he willed. One of his most famous movies, JFK (1991), presented a conspiratorial version of the Kennedy assassination that is still widely accepted by many viewers. It becomes easier to accept unconventional explanations (“alternative facts”) for tragedies, controversies, and other cultural traumas when you believe you are... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jan 20
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Mistakes Were Made

Mistakes were made.  If you could fish with that line, you’d never stop pulling them from the water, because there is no one who doesn’t make mistakes.  By definition, mistakes are accidental rather than on purpose. Even the Law of Moses had a category for mistakes called “unintentional sins.” To err  is  human. Recently, I read  Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts . In it,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 17
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