godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash

A couple of weeks ago my son and I boarded a plane to Boston. I had an empty week in my schedule and airline miles burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided it was time to take Logan to a game at Fenway. We would spend some time with one of my best … Continue reading godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash

our “godfather” problem

In the last chapter of his book, Awaiting the King, James K. A. Smith addresses what he calls our "Godfather Problem." ATK is the third book in Smith's Cultural Liturgies series. It is a fine series worth checking out especially if you're a fan of Charles Taylor - the philosopher, not the shoe guy or the African warlord. … Continue reading our “godfather” problem

guest post

Recently when READY PLAYER ONE came out, I started a debate on SMS about nostalgia with two old friends from an old book club I ran in Joplin. We read READY PLAYER ONE the year it came out or something. By “start a debate,” I really mean that I got emotional about nostalgia per se and started … Continue reading guest post

pronouns

"What do you think of Jordan Peterson?" Over the past year I've been asked that question by a surprising number of people. Friends, students, colleagues, believers, atheists, conservatives, and progressives - he's captured the attention and the imagination of a lot of folk. I was even asked by a high school student this summer in … Continue reading pronouns

flags

An athlete is suddenly forced by outside circumstances into a moral dilemma. I'm sure the athlete harbors nostalgic sentiments going back to childhood when the game was just the game and playing it was a simple joy. But these are not simple times. These are times when our games are emblematic of larger and weightier … Continue reading flags

when patriotism becomes a problem

An idol is a glory cul de sac. Any thing, when properly understood and used, can become an avenue for bringing glory to our Creator. The things of the natural world can lead us to the worship of God, or as Paul reminds us in Romans 1, tainted by our sin they can become objects … Continue reading when patriotism becomes a problem