September 7, 2017

What do you depend upon? We all depend on things, and most (if not all of them, really) are outside of our full control. With that in mind, it is wise to diversify and even multiply your dependencies. When I say multiply, I mean make them redundant so that when one lets you down, you can lean more heavily upon another. A place to start is by strengthening the things that are closer to home–things like skilled labor, and if… Read more

September 5, 2017

Work is coming home. More people work from home than has been the case in a long, long time. But the homes they work in, generally speaking, weren’t built to house much work besides cooking up prepackaged meals from the supermarket. Now, if we built our homes to work, how would they be different? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and not just recreationally. I’m planning to build a house for my family in the not too distant… Read more

August 31, 2017

I was informed this morning that since the universe is very old and our lives are very short in comparison, our lives are meaningless. Read more

August 24, 2017

Today I reflect a little on the thing that draws me to H. P. Lovecraft, his aesthetic: Cosmicism. This is a little excerpt of something that will be published by Scenes Media in the near future. (When it is, you’ll be among the first to know!) What is cosmicism? Summed up briefly, Cosmicism is based on the idea that humanism is an illusion. Human consciousness, human civilization, humane values, and all the rest, add up to a bubble that surrounds us… Read more

August 22, 2017

When it comes to recovering the household economy I feel like a voice in the wilderness at times. The wilderness is a lonely place. That’s why it is great to find someone else out there with you. It is especially so when you find that your companion is saying some of the same things you are. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover John Cuddeback’s blog, Bacon from Acorns, but I’m glad I have. John is… Read more

August 17, 2017

Contemporary Christianity is so saccharine it’s cloying. Read more

August 11, 2017

In many ways my life is a rags-to-riches story. I was thinking about this recently because I was working on the bio for my author website. The opening line of the bio there reads: C. R. Wiley’s childhood was like something out of a story by Roald Dahl. It was full of vacancies, like AWOL parents and school truancy. He was a ward of the state for a time. (Imagine living at the DMV and you have a sense of… Read more

August 3, 2017

It’s propaganda, but there is more Elmer Gantry than Goebbels to it. Rev. Gore has delivered an End Times sermon, complete with charts and an altar call. (My review of An Inconvenient Sequel originally published at Scenes Media and partially reproduced here by permission.) –I’m not a climate scientist, and I don’t play one on television. Even so, I was invited to a private screening of Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel. I’m sorry to say I don’t feel any closer… Read more

August 1, 2017

I was interviewed by my old friend John Zmirak for The Eric Metaxas Show. John and I discuss my book, Man of the House. The conversation is fairly free-ranging. But I think you get the gist of what the book is about. Here’s the link to the interview on Sound Cloud: — If you’d like to know more about my latest book before shelling out your hard-earned money for it, Wipf and Stock, the publisher of my book, Man of the House,… Read more

July 27, 2017

This has been a remarkably busy summer for me personally. Lot’s of milestones for the kids, and on top of my other responsibilities, I’ve not been able to post as frequently at Patheos as I would like to. But amid the busyness, I’ve been receiving requests to appear in different venues. If you’re interested in tuning in to hear me interviewed about my latest book, Man of the House–or you would actually like to attend an event where I will… Read more

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