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

the seduction of the stage

This has been another full summer. It started in May with a two week doctoral residency in LA. Yesterday I just got home from a week-long vacation split between Destin and New Orleans. In between, I spent two weeks in Durango, Colorado speaking at a CIY Move event and another week in Cleveland, Tennessee speaking … Continue reading the seduction of the stage

a movie for each generation

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

how did we get here?

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?

secular harold campings

“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

health care is not a human right

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

galileo was wrong

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