On Mindless Entertainment

Charles Dickens wrote a most excellent essay against proposed Sabbath laws, Sunday Under Three Heads. Certain puritanical types wanted to close absolutely everything closable all Sunday and ban harmless pursuits, though they were harder on the middle-class and poor than the rich. Dickens would not stand for it. He admitted that a day of rest was [Read More...]

But I like it . . .

When I like something, such as Disneyland, and it gets criticized on line, if I am not careful my response will be a very testy and defensive: “But I like it!” Somehow, if not very careful, I end up arguing that if I like a thing then “liking” it is a good thing. This would [Read More...]

On Your Little Pony

I am told that there may be as many as twelve million adult males who watch the animated children’s show “My Little Pony.” Really? My first reaction to this news was not, I fear, a charitable one so let me help those cursed with similar feelings out. I could rush to judgment, but too many [Read More...]

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...]


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