an evangelical’s case against trump

**This is my third post related to Trump and the 2020 election. The previous two posts can be found here and here.** What are we doing when we vote? I find myself asking that question as I try to write this third and final post about Trump. People will answer this question in so many … Continue reading an evangelical’s case against trump

#holocaust

Before reading any further, I need you to do the following... Go to Instagram. Type "Berlin Holocaust Memorial" in the search bar. Find some cords and make yourself a whip. Most of us know the story of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. The money-changers were grifters. They were officially sanctioned scam-artists ripping … Continue reading #holocaust

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

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

is comedy dead?

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?