our digital ziggurat

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately. Honestly, the question did not originate with me. I first heard the question asked by Thomas Friedman years ago in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree, but recent events have thrust it back into my mind. Are we creating a second Babel? Friedman's point … Continue reading our digital ziggurat

i’m opting out

Because of COVID-19, players in the NFL were given the opportunity to opt out of the upcoming season if they were concerned about their health and safety. Almost 70 players decided to that it was in their best interest to opt out. In that spirit, I have also decided to opt out. Things are too … Continue reading i’m opting out

a crisis of mattering

We are in a crisis in our country. Actually, we are in several overlapping crises in our country. In just the last 24 hours our country has experienced horrible fires in California, a powerful hurricane in the Gulf coast, widespread civil unrest and rioting, a polarizing Republican National Convention, oh, and don't forget that we … Continue reading a crisis of mattering

a lament for giants

They left us. I'm not sure when. It may have happened even before I was born. I'm having a hard time remembering lately. But I do know that they once lived among us and now they are gone. Giants. There was a time when our nation, our world, was teeming with them. As giants tend … Continue reading a lament for giants

religion and cancel culture

John Calvin famously called human nature an "idol factory." This seems to be self-evidently true. We are always creating for ourselves objects or ideas to venerate. If that's true, then it is also true that we are always creating for ourselves new religions. A religion, to put it very simply, is a set of beliefs … Continue reading religion and cancel culture

sabbatical

A quick update. As many of you know, Ozark Christian College has generously offered me a sabbatical from this June to December. I have several personal and professional goals for the sabbatical, but I have two primary purposes. First, the sabbatical will allow me the time and space to finish my dissertation. My intent is … Continue reading sabbatical

an evangelical’s case against trump

**This is my third post related to Trump and the 2020 election. The previous two posts can be found here and here.** What are we doing when we vote? I find myself asking that question as I try to write this third and final post about Trump. People will answer this question in so many … Continue reading an evangelical’s case against trump

#holocaust

Before reading any further, I need you to do the following... Go to Instagram. Type "Berlin Holocaust Memorial" in the search bar. Find some cords and make yourself a whip. Most of us know the story of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. The money-changers were grifters. They were officially sanctioned scam-artists ripping … Continue reading #holocaust

demons of walmart

We are a people who are understandably obsessed with causation. The moment something of great importance happens we turn our collective attention to the question of causes. In the case of moments of great joy and wonder, this rush to causation has the effect of "breaking the spell." Rather than reveling in the moment, we … Continue reading demons of walmart