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May 16, 2018
Tom Wolfe, the Literary Scourge of Progressives, Dies
Tom Wolfe, 88, has died. The pioneer of "New Journalism," which uses fictional techniques--an interior point...
December 22, 2017
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” “Do They Know What Christmas Is?”
Back in 1984, British musician Bob Geldof put together "Band Aid," a "super-group" of pop...
December 01, 2017
Jonathan Swift’s Takedown of Modernism & Postmodernism
Yesterday, November 30, was the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, the great...
November 07, 2017
Imagine my surprise, when reading an article by Charles Chaput, the conservative Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia,...
August 18, 2017
A modernist, a postmodernist, and a Lutheran walk into a bar. . .
We're in Australia, where I've been doing quite a bit of speaking. I just gave...
June 07, 2017
Dilbert creator likes Trump & questions climate change
One of the funniest comic strips still going is Dilbert, Scott Adams' satirical takedown of...
May 24, 2017
The invention of breakfast cereal and other wacky church history
You need to know about Luke T. Harrington, a Missouri Synod Lutheran who like me...
April 04, 2017
Jokes about race and sex are out, so religion takes their place
In the culture of the workplace, it is now taboo to make jokes about race....
February 24, 2017
How our politicized media would review the Narnia books
Our media is highly politicized across the spectrum, obsessed--pro- or con- or somewhere in between--with...
January 02, 2017
Dave Barry’s 2016 Year in Review
One of my New Year's Eve rituals is to read Dave Barry's annual Year in...
December 20, 2016
The Christmas stories of Connie Willis & her favorite Christmas movies
Connie Willis is an award-winning science fiction author and a deft satirist of contemporary foibles....
September 23, 2016
Garrison Keillor and the test of a good religion
Garrison Keillor has stepped away from Prairie Home Companion. Ethan McCarthy discusses his depiction of...
September 06, 2016
When TV goes literary
NBC is developing a new series based on Charles Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist. The...
August 29, 2016
Gaffigans end their TV show for a more important project
A few nights ago, we watched comedian Jim Gaffigan's routine "Obsessed." We laughed so hard...
August 18, 2016
A comedy-thriller about the Reformation
You have GOT to read The Relic Master, a novel by Christopher Buckley (son of...
July 30, 2016
“A Christian and a Feminist Almost Agree on Stuff”
From Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire. (HT: Kerner):
May 31, 2016
Those religious-extremist Anglicans
Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of...
May 19, 2016
Garrison Keillor on kinds of Christianity
Garrison Keillor has written a humorous, yet touching column about Christianity. He starts by lambasting...
April 13, 2016
Defeat ISIS with comedians
U2 frontman Bono told a Congressional committee that the way to defeat ISIS is to...
December 31, 2015
My New Year’s Eve ritual
Every New Year's Eve, I look back on the events of the past year. I...
November 25, 2015
Whether or not we kick the football
The Peanuts Movie currently in theaters is a critical and commercial hit, and it brings...
November 12, 2015
From Australian comedian Neel Kolhatkar, who plays the new kid in class. I think the...
September 24, 2015
Yogi Berra dies–here are some of his sayings
Yogi Berra, the winner of three MVPs who played in more World Series games than...
September 14, 2015
Stephen Colbert, God, and suffering
Stephen Colbert, who took over for David Letterman on The Late Show last week, is...
August 26, 2015
Why Democrats hate you and Republicans are lousy politicians
Conservative satirist P. J. O'Rourke has written a devastating take-down of Democrats, though Republicans do...
June 29, 2015
All of the state flags need to be changed?
States whose flags incorporate the Confederate Battle flag are probably going to be re-designing their...
June 23, 2015
“We Don’t Deserve Alexander Hamilton On Our Currency”
You've got to read Mollie Hemingway's piece in the Federalist: We Don't Deserve Alexander Hamilton...
June 12, 2015
New York Times exposes Marco Rubio
The New York Times has published a series of articles (linked at the source, after...
June 10, 2015
Imaginary Yelp reviews from famous theologians
What might Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, Billy Graham, John...
May 28, 2015
You Might Be a Lutheran If…
The invaluable Anthony Sacramone has put together a mashup of theological culture and Jeff Foxworthy,...
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