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Beck: A practical Lenten fasting routine

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:19:22 +0000

Richard Beck describes one of his concerns with traditional Lenten fasting and his rationale for working within it: I have a rule of thumb I like to keep: Don’t let your pursuit of holiness pull you away from your family. As a part of this, I’ve always disliked how fasting pulls me away from family […]

These are the deep questions I ask myself…

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:51:43 +0000

The other night we were playing “Name that Disney movie” while shuffling soundtracks on Spotify. The question I have rattling around in my head two days later is this: Do I like the Moana songs so much because I like their distinctive style? Because I do think that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s approach feels and sounds very […]

Liss: Some questions for those who say the solution is to arm teachers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:08:59 +0000

Casey Liss, whose wife is a teacher, writes up a list of 35 practical questions that we’d need to have good answers to before we went the route of arming teachers to try to prevent more school shootings. Just a taste: Where does the money come from to buy firearms for these teachers? Given most […]


Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:34:09 +0000

How long must we continue to sacrifice children on the altar of the Second Amendment? As Christians, being “pro-life” must extend beyond the unborn life to care for all of life. Do we love our guns so much that we are unwilling to even allow studies of gun violence? We must be Christians first and […]

Bullet points for a Wednesday morning: travel edition

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:51:15 +0000

It’s grey outside and I’m on business travel all week. Bring on the bullet points! I’m ready to be done with this head cold. Bleh. Normally on a business trip I’d be looking for a nice restaurant to hit for supper. Given that today is Valentine’s Day, I expect they’re all gonna be crazy busy […]

Finished reading: where has 2018 gone already?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:09:21 +0000

I start each year with the intent of writing up Finished Reading posts on a book-by-book basis. Then I find myself in the first week of February and realize I’m nine books behind already. So it’s compendium time. Here’s what I’ve ready in 2018 so far: The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry – A fairly […]

The Gospel Coalition has its #MeToo moment

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:15:50 +0000

The pace of sexual abuse allegations and resignations / firings in the wake of the #MeToo movement has been stunning. Since early October when Harvey Weinstein was deposed from his organization, executives, journalists, actors, athletes, and doctors with patterns of abuse have been uncovered and summarily fired, retired, and replaced. Last week, the trial of […]

Positive Politics: Religious Liberty

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:46:02 +0000

It’s been too long since I’ve written in this series. So let’s tackle something that I’m sure isn’t controversial at all – religious liberty. Free exercise I think this part is actually pretty straightforward. As guaranteed by the First Amendment, each person should have free exercise of their religion. This will feel strange at times […]

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 […]