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?
Last week I suddenly found myself mad online. It may be the quintessential 21st century emotion. Something will "randomly" appear on your social media platform which causes almost an immediate, negative reaction. This reaction generates a click, which generates a hot take, which generates even more clicks. There is a Henry Ford level of efficiency … Continue reading on razor’s edge
“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters I saw the above quote recently on Twitter along with the hashtag #academia." To … Continue reading free love
“Keep his mind on the inner life. He thinks his conversion is something inside him, and his attention is therefore chiefly turned at present to the state of his own mind--or rather to that very expurgated version of them which is all you should allow him to see. Encourage this. Keep his mind off the … Continue reading faith and feelings
“There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters It was the great moral philosopher George Costanza who once famously said, "It's … Continue reading hope and antifragility
This week I did a webinar for Ozark Christian College titled "raising iGen." As the father of two, young iGen'ers and as a professor who teaches at a school now filled not with Millennials (ew...old people), but with iGen'ers, I've become very interested in understanding how to best communicate with and minister to this new … Continue reading raising igen
It's been awhile since I've posted anything. We are in the busy season at the college as classes are wrapping up for the semester. It's taking pretty much all the mental energy I have to get papers graded and complete other end-of-semester activities. I'll be back to posting more regularly soon. But in the meantime, … Continue reading political theology