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May 18, 2018
Manhood at First Things and Touchstone
Here are some sightings of yours truly at First Things and at Touchstone--a couple of...
May 08, 2018
How Big Is Too Big?
In the original Twilight Zone there is an episode entitled, The Last Night of a...
April 30, 2018
Making the Good Life from Home
In my advocacy for recovering the productive household, the first question I'm asked is, "Is...
April 23, 2018
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April 17, 2018
Appearing on The Dean Abbott Podcast, Among Other Things
Long-suffering readers, I apologize for the infrequent posts as of late. It has been a...
April 06, 2018
A Young Man Reflects on Gun Violence Walkout Protest
What follows are the reflections of a high school senior on the national gun violence...
April 04, 2018
On Committing Fiction as a Pastor
What follows are some concluding remarks to a talk I am delivering at Eastern Nazarene...
March 14, 2018
The Family that Votes Together Stays Together
Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton often says more than she means to say. Such was the...
February 26, 2018
The Dark Satanic Mills of Public Education Have Got to Go
I don't hate public schools because I am a Christian, I am a Christian, in...
February 06, 2018
Why Are Young People Turning to Socialism?
It's pretty simple to explain the turn to Socialism among the young. It's fear.
January 29, 2018
On Getting & Keeping Masculine Men in Church
First, if you want to reach men, it helps to be a man.
January 17, 2018
You’re So Special! The Real Dark Art of Harry Potter & Stories Like It
I’ve come to see that Harry Potter truly is a Trojan Horse in one respect–and...
January 08, 2018
What Is the Appeal of Jack Donovan for Many Young Christian Men?
If you know who Jack Donovan is, you don’t need me to explain what I’m...
December 27, 2017
Sooner or Later You Run Out of Other People’s Kids
If you turn children into expensive hobbies don’t be surprised when people stop having them.
December 14, 2017
You Say “Medieval” Like it Is a Bad Thing
The other day a person whose ignorance was only exceeded by his confidence said dismissively,...
December 07, 2017
Broken Homes, Scientology, Fatherhood, and Writing! (The Chris Craft Show)
What do all these things have in common: broken home, Scientology, fatherhood, and writing? Answer:...
December 04, 2017
The Purloined Boy is Here!
Well, lookie what came in the mail! My young adult fantasy series has just had...
November 22, 2017
We Don’t Need More Academic Freedom, We Need More Academic Honesty
Here's my coda for all the people out there working in evangelical colleges: the burden...
November 16, 2017
Returning the Gift
Idolatry is making too much of a good thing. And this is what makes it...
November 04, 2017
Give the Gift of “Eucatastrophe” this Christmas!
Like so many other people, the works of J. R. R. Tolkien have stirred me...
November 02, 2017
Sloth and the Sexual Revolution
Sloth is the sin of the hopeless.
October 23, 2017
Christianity is a Record-Keeping Religion
Naturally we'd all like to forget some things: our failures, our sins, our stupid remarks....
October 17, 2017
The Big Short: A Little Reminder
This review was originally published at Patheos February 1, 2016. A year and a half...
October 10, 2017
Man of the House Reviewed in Chronicles
Things are a bit busy for me these days. I'm finishing up some edits on...
September 28, 2017
The Blessing of Stuckness: Pastoral Ministry and Localism
I'm speaking at The Front Porch Republic Conference at Hope College in a few days....
September 19, 2017
You Say You Want Community? Yeah, Right.
When everyone says he wants something but no one seems to have it, maybe he...
September 15, 2017
How to Be a Gracious Pariah
Most of the time it is impossible to know why someone stops talking to you....
September 07, 2017
A Working House Should Work the Soil
What do you depend upon? We all depend on things, and most (if not all...
September 05, 2017
Building a House that Works
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August 31, 2017
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