Following tangents and rabbit trails is one of my favorite teaching methods. Those seem to be the moments when everyone - including the professor - perk up a little bit from their PowerPoint induced malaise. In a recent class I got side tracked by a conversation about movies. We were talking about how movies are … Continue reading a movie for each generation
On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?
“When September 6, 1994, arrives, no one else can become saved. The end has come.” “And now, we have no option. We can't say 'maybe' 'it's possible' 'it looks very probable...' No way! We have to say this is what the Bible teaches! This is fact! May 21, 2011 is the day of the Rapture, … Continue reading secular harold campings
G. K. Chesterton once said, “What is the good of words if they aren’t important enough to quarrel over?” It is the sign of a healthy society when citizens care enough about truth and about each other to quarrel over the exact meaning of words. A lack of quarreling, on the other hand, may signal … Continue reading health care is not a human right
When I was in a preaching ministry in Illinois, I received in the mail a self-published book by some over-eager, biblical literalist arguing that Galileo and Copernicus and pretty much every other living human being with a grade school education for the last five hundred years were wrong. The earth, he breathlessly set about "proving," … Continue reading galileo was wrong
A = Alt-Left How you see yourself. We are the radicals, the woke, the future, the “voice calling in the wilderness,” the saviors. The only path to progress is by blowing up everything. How others see you. The Left: “Grow up.” Centrists: “Sir, this is a Wendy’s." The Right: “Lol. Pinko Venezuela lovers." Alt Right: … Continue reading a map of the current political landscape
20 years ago a quirky, infectious, and relatively unknown Italian actor named Roberto Benigni won the Oscar for best actor. He shockingly beat out Ian McKellen, Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Nick Nolte (!) to win the award. He won the Oscar for his role in the World War II film Life is Beautiful. Not only … Continue reading is comedy dead?