why do institutions exist?

What is the purpose of an institution? What is the purpose of a college, of a church, of a business, of a government, of a family, of a community organization? Why do institutions exist? Transformative Model Like most things, it depends on who you ask. Some would say that institutions exist to affect or preserve the … Continue reading why do institutions exist?

keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone … Continue reading keeping devices in their place

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up … Continue reading how to have a happy new year

when tweeting becomes your act of righteousness

Fighting racism doesn't start on Twitter. It starts at home. Talk to your kids. Seriously. Do it now. #charlottsville — Chad Ragsdale (@caragsdale) August 12, 2017 Like all of you I remain not just disgusted but deeply disturbed by the events in Virginia over the weekend. I'm disgusted because racism, hate, and violence are so … Continue reading when tweeting becomes your act of righteousness

why talk to atheists on twitter?

This post is going to be self-referential in a way that I swore to not indulge when I started this blog, but because this issue came up on a recent Every Thought Captive podcast and because I didn't answer the question very well I decided to write something up. Yes, from time to time, I have … Continue reading why talk to atheists on twitter?

too much information

The other day my son came walking upstairs where I was working, and I could tell he was agitated. He was sighing and pacing back and forth. Normally (especially this year) I would assume that something bad had happened during the Cubs game, but I knew they didn't play until that night. "What's up, buddy?" … Continue reading too much information