on preaching and choirs

I hadn't planned on doing this, but I am earnestly committed to avoiding work at the moment, so I decided to take a little time and respond to some constructive criticism I've received from my last post. Also, because I'm currently on a bit of a well needed hiatus from Twittering I've decided to respond... Continue Reading →

good without god

Can a person be good without god? I'm going to sacrifice cleverness for clarity and say simply that the answer is no. A person cannot be good without God. This will come as an irritating and obnoxious answer to virtually every unbeliever I know and not a small number of believers as well. "How can... Continue Reading →

when i feel doubt

The following is the manuscript of a sermon I preached in chapel today on the topic of doubt. I’m not sure I’m the best person to call upon to talk about feelings. After all, what do Emperor Palpatine, Friedrich Neitzsche, Elon Musk and Chad Ragsdale have in common? We all have the same Myers-Briggs personality... Continue Reading →

thanks for the memories

Dear Cubs, I wish that things had ended differently this year. I really do. I wish it didn't have to end with the with the first base dugout emptying and Carl Crawford's team joyfully embracing in the center of Wrigley Field. No one likes dancing at a funeral, but I won't begrudge them - not... Continue Reading →

chapter 4: hermes reports

Chapter 1: Eros Chapter 2: Ares Chapter 3: Aphrodite If Ares and Aphrodite were just a little reserved in their enthusiasm for the new CEO's agenda (setting aside their parental pride), the same could not be said for Hermes who would be the next to report. There was not a single department head seated at... Continue Reading →

fishing buddies

TWO FRIENDS. FISHING. "You ever think much about the ocean?" "Seriously?" "Yeah. You don't ever wonder about the ocean?" "I never thought you were 'one of those.'" "Listen, I know it's crazy, but you know, lately every time we come out to this lake I find myself thinking about the ocean." "Have you ever seen... Continue Reading →

what to do about nashville

In October 1978, about 200 scholars and pastors gathered in Chicago to articulate what would become known as the Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics. The CSBI was made in response to growing liberalism in regards to the nature and interpretation of scripture within what we might loosely call evangelicalism. The statement had and... Continue Reading →

beauty from pain

This past Saturday night dozens of friends gathered together for a campfire, s'mores, whiffle ball, a lot of laughs, and a few tears. These are some of the most important people in the life of my family. To use the church-y cliche, these are people we have been "living life with" for years. We were... Continue Reading →

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