Three Things Better About Today

So I don’t agree with the Supreme Court. I do not think there is a right to vice. Nothing I am about to say will let me into the cool kids’ club. That is not my goal. Nor am I forced to hate my country. It has never been my country right or wrong, but [Read More...]

Thank You Sir

Taking a plane trip is wonderful because I always meet someone new. On the day this was written, I was in an airport I shall not name where I met an older couple who had been married sixty-two years. They were still fussing about who got which coffee and whether his placing it on the [Read More...]

In Which I Have Nothing Much To Say about Wiz Khalifa . . . Yet.

Much of pop culture is horrible, but then much of pop culture has always been horrible. Have you read the words to any given Stephen Foster song? Just now the number one song in America is by Wiz Khalifa and is entitled See You Again. He has managed to be honored by the city of Pittsburgh while [Read More...]

Standing with the Curve of History

Today I rejoice that I stand with the long curve of history and the majority of public opinion. Jesus is Lord and remains Lord today. History often detours and His providence is inscrutable in the short term, but justice with mercy, holiness with salvation, always prevails. I am more concerned about the great states of [Read More...]

Can you be moral without God?

God might be helpful in living a moral life by telling you when you are making moral mistakes for example, but is He necessary? [Read more...]

The State of the Presidential Race

The race for President is almost fully formed. Kasich might run, at least as a favorite son candidate, and Biden might still grip and grin his way into confronting Clinton, but most of the serious players are already in the race. Trump is also running. Clinton is blessed to confront the non-electable, the indigestible, and [Read More...]

Money is Made: Running for President and Making Christian Movies

Why do hopeless candidates run for President? For some, it is obviously ego. Ever since they became Parks and Recreation director in Schenectady, they have heard “Hail to the Chief” in their minds. Others have discerned a unique business opportunity: if you can convince even a tiny niche of a party that you will be [Read More...]

Thought Bubbles and Ideas: More Philosophy from Inside Out

Pixar is the most consistent film company in the United States. The company has mostly made excellent movies, has a few mediocre titles, (Cars series shout out), and no bad films. Inside Out is as good as the best of Pixar and that means it is funny, well written, and thoughtful. Like all great films, Inside Out has images so [Read More...]

Inside Out: Brilliant Film, Helpful Philosophy

Inside Out would be the movie of the year if animation and family friendly films were not treated with condescension by the Academy. Most likely, the winner will be some film few saw, easily forgotten, but full of portentous meaning. This  you can know: we will be watching Inside Out when all the creators are gone and [Read More...]

Emulate Pixar: The Way Forward for Christian Movies

I know fine, young, Christian filmmakers and film mavens: HBU’s Josh Sikora . . . Nate Marshall. . . Nate Bell. They are out there: creative, working hard, and learning the craft. And yet when I turn on Christian television programming, look at most Christian “YouTube” or watch (God helping me) most Christian movies, I [Read More...]