Harvard and a Civilization Built in the Clouds

I am a Star Wars fan, but I am not a Star Wars fanatic. There's a substantial difference. The biggest difference is that fans appreciate the movies for what they are. Fanatics obsess over what the movies could be. One point that most Star Wars fans agree on is that The Empire Strikes Back is … Continue reading Harvard and a Civilization Built in the Clouds

I Kissed Deconstruction Goodbye

Joshua Harris got me dumped in college. Kind of. Harris had written a book in 1997 called "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." This was the apex of weird 1990s evangelical purity culture. Honestly, I don't find a lot that is objectionable about fostering a culture of holiness and purity - it certainly beats the alternative which … Continue reading I Kissed Deconstruction Goodbye

Baseball Exists. Therefore, God Exists.

One of my favorite arguments for God's existence comes from philosopher Peter Kreeft. It is his "argument from Bach." The music of Bach exists.This proves that there is a God.You either get this or you don't. Basically, Kreeft is making an aesthetic argument for God. There are certain things about the beauty of music like … Continue reading Baseball Exists. Therefore, God Exists.

Is Baptism a “Bullseye Belief?”

Monday (7/12) was the launch of my first book in partnership with Renew.org. I was honored and humbled when they asked me to write the third volume of their "Real Life Theology" series of books. It is a series designed as a sort of catechism for young disciples and for those who are involved in … Continue reading Is Baptism a “Bullseye Belief?”

Propaganda

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A show designed specifically for the education of preschoolers had created a "Pride Parade Sing-a-Long" complete with drag queens, transgendered beavers, and lesbian alligators. It was clearly an example of activist indoctrination. The hope, I'm sure, was that very young children (who typically watch these shows without their … Continue reading Propaganda

Obstacles, Not Excuses

From the time that he was very young, we've known that our son had some challenges related to social anxiety and OCD. He gave me permission to write about this, but in the interest of protecting his privacy, I'll just say that things like school and social interactions have been more challenging for him than … Continue reading Obstacles, Not Excuses

Yes to the Culture War

When I say "Culture War," what comes to mind? I think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Several years ago I was in Cleveland. Did you know a person is legally required to visit the RRHOF if visiting Cleveland? As you walk into one of the exhibits, you are greeted by a bank … Continue reading Yes to the Culture War

The Impossibility of Empathy

Amanda Gorman is an extremely accomplished poet. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published her first book of poetry at the age of 17, and in 2021, she delivered one of her poems at the inauguration of President Biden. At a time when serious poets don't generally become … Continue reading The Impossibility of Empathy

Our Lying Eyes

George Floyd. Adam Toledo. Daunte Wright. Ma'khia Bryant. We know the tragic threads that draw each one of these four names together. Each of their stories differ in important details, but each was a black person whose life was ended by a police officer. The circumstance of their deaths is not all they share however. … Continue reading Our Lying Eyes