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Beck: bored with his doubts

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:25:50 +0000

The trouble with the incessant deconstruction at work within progressive Christianity is that, left unchecked, all it tends to produce are agnostic Democrats. Strong words from one of my favorites, Richard Beck, this morning. Beck observes that the continual deconstruction of progressive Christianity doesn’t necessarily end, well, Christianly. And he does so in his typical […]

My 2017 reading in review

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:26:09 +0000

Just a quick post to summarize my reading and a few favorites this year. I read a total of 71 books in 2017, which I’ll split up into fiction, non-fiction, and theology. I’ll highlight no more than two in each category as particular favorites. Fiction Broken Trust – W.E.B. Griffin Bounty – Michael Byrnes The […]

Finished reading: 2017 year-end edition

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:13:48 +0000

I’ve gotten seriously slack at listing all the books I’ve been reading. Consider this my year-end catch-up post. (Not to be confused with my year-in-review post which will come next week sometime.) Here’s what I’ve finished reading since last time I posted: Fiction City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett Boneshaker by Cherie Priest Autonomous […]

Some thoughts on my social media fast

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:12:55 +0000

Back in November I decided it was time for a social media break. Facebook and Twitter were turning into frustrations that caused me more to feel fractured than to be too helpful. So I deleted the apps from my phone, closed the usually-open tabs in my browser, and decided to abstain until Christmas. There were […]


Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:50:07 +0000

Just finished my last meeting at work for the year. Wondering how strong my motivation levels are going to be tomorrow…

Church graveyard at night

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:17:41 +0000

Took this a couple years ago; still one of my favorites.


Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:23:41 +0000

Great fun with the kids this afternoon taking a tour of Theater Cedar Rapids. Put musical theater on the list of things I think I’d really enjoy doing if only I had the time.

Positive Politics: Internet and Technology Policy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:54:57 +0000

Well I’m not ready to jump into one of the big ugly topics yet, so maybe this one will be a little easier. (Maybe.) Let’s talk about the internet and overall technology policies. Access / Control of Internet There’s a current debate about a concept called “net neutrality” that, as typical, is highly spun by […]


Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:18:24 +0000

Cool: YouTube TV is now available in my area. Not cool: no apps for Roku or Apple TV. Hey Google, call me again when you have support for the platforms I’m invested in!

Positive Politics: Education

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:00:06 +0000

None of the topics I’ve teed up for my Positive Politics discussions are easy ones, but in the interests of easing into things I’ll try to take one that’s maybe not super-controversial to start. (Of course, as with anything political, I may be surprised by what becomes controversial.) So let’s talk about education. For my […]