Writings by Cole Huffman

Shades of Blue: When Is It Crude Joking?

Ephesians 5:4 is a killjoy: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place….” Most guys I know, including me, are “out of place” on this point. We flout the stricture on crude joking all the time. It’s like we believe the verse just above Ephesians 5:4 is what really matters. But if Anchorman makes me laugh then I’ll watch it and you and I can share our favorite quotes from it with one another at church. Why do we do this? Multiple reasons: Near... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 22
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A Few Kind Words for Laughs

Only bibliophiles read the “Acknowledgements” in books, where authors thank and praise those strangers-to-us they love and appreciate. We are occasionally rewarded with some finds in salutes, such as in the new biography Charles Hodge by Paul Gutjahr, about the renowned nineteenth century “Pope of Presbyterianism.” After acknowledging how long his project on Hodge’s life actually took—so long that one of Gutjahr’s sons mused Hodge might outlive his father though already dead—Gutjahr... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 21
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A Meditation on the Suffering of Sin

Some readers will judge from the title that this post reflects upon that suffering we bring on ourselves via sinful indulgence. Like the man who downloaded pornography on the company computer and suffered job termination as a consequence, or the businesswoman whose outburst at a flight attendant resulted in her suffering a humiliating airport arrest. Other readers will anticipate a lament on the damage done by others’ sins against us. Like how being victimized, deceived, abandoned, lied... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 14
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