love thy body

Remember those decoder glasses that you played with as a kid? They were just cheap cardboard glasses with colored cellophane lenses, but when paired with certain images they were able to make otherwise unseen images or words magically appear. Reading Nancy Pearcey always gives me the feeling of wearing these glasses as I'm trying to … Continue reading love thy body

are those your niblings or are they your siblings from your piblings?

As far as biblical words go, ἄνθρωπος (anthropos) was never a particularly controversial one. It is a rather generic word that appears almost 550 times in the Greek New Testament. This word has given us notable English words like "anthropology" and "anthropomorphic," but it never really gave us much drama or intrigue until 2011. It's … Continue reading are those your niblings or are they your siblings from your piblings?

godfather problem: when everyone is a milkshake duck

In June 2016, America had a brief love affair with an affable, rotund, sweater-wearing power plant operator from Illinois named Ken Bone. It was the middle of an ugly, contentious campaign season. We were looking for any reason whatsoever to feel better about humanity. So when Ken Bone asked the presidential candidates during the second … Continue reading godfather problem: when everyone is a milkshake duck

godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler

**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler

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

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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