How many dead Christians?

How many dead Christians are acceptable in order to teach Assad a lesson? This administration should quantify the suffering so Congress can know what they are authorizing. Chemical weapons are bad and ideally we would have boxed Assad in long ago on these weapons of mass destruction. Sadly, we did not and now the poison [Read More...]

No Syrian Intervention

Syrian intervention is wrong. God help me I cannot support it. Our President sets our foreign policy and has information citizens do not have. Constitutional government has evolved to give the President broad powers to strike militarily. As a result, patriotic Christians tend to support the President when he requests military action. I have done [Read More...]

Can’t Wait to Teach

I once popped into a professor’s office and asked him if he was looking forward to the start of school: “Not really, it gets in the way of my work.” This was deflating. Class loomed with a person that viewed teaching me as in the way of his writing and research. Sadly, I knew he [Read More...]

Oh Houston!

If I tell people not from Houston, I moved to Houston from Los Angeles, people make pitying noises. I do not understand these noises. I love LA, loved living there, and still have dear friends who live in the Great Nowhere, but Houston does not need your pity. I have discovered Houstonians don’t have time [Read More...]

The Church Must Change or Die! (Part II)

Yesterday, I received the following. I cannot verify the source. My dear Wormwood, By all means focus the attention of your patient on his own generation. Our Father-Below has successfully taught each generation since before the Flood that they are special and that something has happened to change all the rules. You will recall how [Read More...]

The Church Must Change or Die!

Like a sharknado, the death of the Church is impossible, but creates buzz. Left-of-center Evangelicals are now warning that if the Evangelical church does not change younger adults will leave. This is what left-of-center Evangelicals warned my entire life, but this time they really mean it. Apparently Evangelicals are in the grip of whatever it [Read More...]

Not the Vladimir Russia Needs

Saint Vladimir the Great helped create Christian Russia. Given the standards of the time, he was an effective and just ruler. The same cannot be said for Vladimir Putin. Saint Vladimir brought the Kievan Rus into the Byzantine commonwealth by his conversion to Orthodoxy giving the Rus nation access to a broader cultural world. No [Read More...]

The Bible is the Iliad!

Did Jesus rise from the dead? The Gospels say He did, but lately I have bumped into more than one skeptic who claims that I should classify “the Bible” as “legendary.” Generally, he (and it almost always a he) will cite a book like theĀ IliadĀ as an example of legendary material. “We know ancients produced legendary [Read More...]

Follow Your Arrow

Kacey Musgraves has a pleasant, albeit tinny, voice. Her song “Follow Your Arrow” was a gift to me from Starbucks, so I should have a kind word or two for her as the recipient of corporate largesse generous enough to share it with me. Starbucks usually sends me songs that are either old classics or [Read More...]

Steal My Dreams, Please

If a boy dreams of being placekicker for the Packers, then he is a boy. If a man dreams of kicking for the Packers at fifty, then he is delusional. Talk to enough college students and one thing they fear is someone “stealing their dreams,” but in many cases they do not have dreams they [Read More...]


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