chapter 1: eros takes a seat

The large, oak doors to the conference room burst open, and the department heads started trickling in one by one. They met only once every fifty years, but for a company that had been around as long as this one, fifty years is the blink of an eye. Virtually no normal person loves a meeting, but... Continue Reading →

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keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone... Continue Reading →

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up... Continue Reading →

do not be afraid

We have reached that point in the year where people grow reflective about "the year that was." There is no shortage of people lining up to tell you how to feel about the past year which strikes me as more than a little presumptuous for at least a couple of reasons. First of all, everyone... Continue Reading →

a brick and mortar christmas

Pardon the "get off my lawn" post, but I'm 40 now. There comes a point in every man's life where he embraces his inner curmudgeon. There comes a point in every man's life where he finds himself less identifying with Ralphie than with his cranky dad. I'm choosing 40 as that point. (Although, those who... Continue Reading →

do good without god?

In a previous post I addressed the question: Can a person be good without God? By "good" I mean a status or condition of wholeness and healing. The gospel and universal experience compels an answer of "no." A person cannot be made good without God. The best we can get is an approximation or temporary goodness.... Continue Reading →

on preaching and choirs

I hadn't planned on doing this, but I am earnestly committed to avoiding work at the moment, so I decided to take a little time and respond to some constructive criticism I've received from my last post. Also, because I'm currently on a bit of a well needed hiatus from Twittering I've decided to respond... Continue Reading →

good without god

Can a person be good without god? I'm going to sacrifice cleverness for clarity and say simply that the answer is no. A person cannot be good without God. This will come as an irritating and obnoxious answer to virtually every unbeliever I know and not a small number of believers as well. "How can... Continue Reading →

when i feel doubt

The following is the manuscript of a sermon I preached in chapel today on the topic of doubt. I’m not sure I’m the best person to call upon to talk about feelings. After all, what do Emperor Palpatine, Friedrich Neitzsche, Elon Musk and Chad Ragsdale have in common? We all have the same Myers-Briggs personality... Continue Reading →

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