grief, love, and hope

Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching Wandavision on Disney+. It's quirky and weird and mostly good. Without getting into the specific details of the show, there was one particular line in the last episode that has resonated deeply with many people. What is grief if not love persevering? Coming from Paul Bettany, … Continue reading grief, love, and hope

deconstructing the god of sexual identity

What follows is the manuscript of a sermon delivered in Ozark Christian College's chapel on 2/25/2021. I feel some conflict this morning. It is a strange thing to be asked to preach about a god you no longer believe in. I’m not sure I ever actually believed in this god. There was a time I … Continue reading deconstructing the god of sexual identity

the throne and the throng: the end of christian celebrity

Most of you who read this blog know that I am a part of the Ozark Christian College community as a professor and administrator. It is a community that I love. It is a community that I am fiercely protective of. I believe in our mission to train men and women for Christian service, and … Continue reading the throne and the throng: the end of christian celebrity

twitter doesn’t get a vote

If you haven't read Bari Weiss' letter of resignation from the New York Times, I won't at all be offended if you forgot about this post in order to read her blistering manifesto. In case you don’t know the context. Weiss was a centrist columnist at the NYT. After months of internal hostility and abuse … Continue reading twitter doesn’t get a vote

festivals of atonement

In G.K. Chesterton's poem The Ballad of the White Horse he describes the scene when Viking hordes invaded and nearly conquered England. Our towns were shaken of tall kings with scarlet beards like blood:The world turned empty where they trod,They took the kindly cross of God and cut it up for wood. The Vikings didn't … Continue reading festivals of atonement

aliens attack the capitol

On New Year's Eve I was at a small party with good friends. We were playing games, talking, laughing, eating all kinds of unhealthy foods. As it got close to midnight, someone said that we should turn on the TV. It's weird isn't it? The television has been granted the authority to tell us when … Continue reading aliens attack the capitol

choosing truth

In his book iGods, Craig Detweiler gives this shocking statistic: “From the beginning of time until 2003 we generated 5 billion gigabytes of data (5 exabytes)—all the books and news and movies and information in history. We now generate five exabytes of data every ten minutes.” We have been living through a Cambrian explosion of … Continue reading choosing truth

taylor comes to the office

TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE. This is one of the unbending laws of invention and innovation. Technology never leaves you alone. Every new technology you adopt will change you to some degree or another. Sometimes those changes are physical (think about a guitar giving you callouses on your fingertips), but most of the time … Continue reading taylor comes to the office

what is essential

2020 has introduced us to new vocabulary of words and phrases. Asymptomatic. Exponential spread. Social distancing. Non-pharmaceutical intervention. Contact tracing. Anosmia.* We also have been reintroduced to old words in new packages. Sometimes the new package disorients us and makes us wonder if we ever really knew what the word meant. One of these words … Continue reading what is essential