gods on the left and gods on the right

Stealer's Wheel was the quintessential one hit wonder. They formed in 1972 and broke up just a few years later in 1975. And the only reason I, or anyone knows this, is because Wikipedia exists. Their only hit was a catchy song called "Stuck in the Middle with You." The song became much more famous … Continue reading gods on the left and gods on the right

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

two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

Things are weird. Last week, while on vacation with my family, we ate lunch at a burger restaurant in rural Wyoming. After ordering, I handed my credit card to the girl who was checking us out. She stared for a moment at my card, and then looking at me she said, "I need your verbal … Continue reading two -isms shaping the pandemic: scientism

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

romans 13 and protesting the government

First, what this post is not about. I am not writing this in order to offer an opinion on when your church should or should not open. I have been committed to the principle of localism throughout this pandemic. The people best equipped to make decisions for the well-being of their communities are the people … Continue reading romans 13 and protesting the government

what if we are all right about the coronavirus?

It's not hard to imagine a scenario where everyone is proven wrong about COVID-19. I mean, remember when wearing a mask in public was a totally pointless thing to do? I don't think any of us should be surprised by how much we've gotten wrong about this virus. That kind of comes with the territory … Continue reading what if we are all right about the coronavirus?

the empty public square

If there was one word to describe 2020 it would be "empty." Empty schools. Empty houses of worship. Empty arenas. Empty streets. Empty restaurants. Empty proms and graduations. Empty beaches. Factories without workers. Funerals without mourners. Weddings without revelers. Grandparents without grandkids. Teachers without students. Doctors without patients. Even stores marginally filled with people are … Continue reading the empty public square

the internet is not a panacea

In a press conference last week announcing the closure of schools for the rest of the year, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said, "Schools should continue remote learning for their students until the end date previously set on their academic calendars." I was thinking about that this afternoon as I was helping my oldest with his … Continue reading the internet is not a panacea