let’s talk about politics and religion

"I never discuss anything except politics and religion. There is nothing else to discuss." - G.K. Chesterton Some of you reading this might be inclined to agree with Chesterton. "Yes! Nothing else matters in the way that religion and politics matter. So why waste your time talking about anything else?" You may be right. But … Continue reading let’s talk about politics and religion

affirmations and questions about social justice

I've had many conversations in the last few weeks about "social justice." Some of these conversations were brought about by the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. There are things I liked about the statement. There are things I didn't like. I generally wonder about the purpose or effectiveness of such statements. I've … Continue reading affirmations and questions about social justice

is virtue signalling a sin?

I promise I'll not make a habit of this, but I have one of those personality types where it is hard to let a conversation go without replaying it in my mind over and over again. It's not a particularly enjoyable quirk to have - especially as a person who communicates for a living. So … Continue reading is virtue signalling a sin?

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

guest post

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

pronouns

"What do you think of Jordan Peterson?" Over the past year I've been asked that question by a surprising number of people. Friends, students, colleagues, believers, atheists, conservatives, and progressives - he's captured the attention and the imagination of a lot of folk. I was even asked by a high school student this summer in … Continue reading pronouns

flags

An athlete is suddenly forced by outside circumstances into a moral dilemma. I'm sure the athlete harbors nostalgic sentiments going back to childhood when the game was just the game and playing it was a simple joy. But these are not simple times. These are times when our games are emblematic of larger and weightier … Continue reading flags