God hates… rocket surgery?

This is one of several deleted scenes from Hellbound? Many people have advised me never to release this, but to hell with that. The idea for this segment was born over beers and burgers at Prime 16 in New Haven the evening we interviewed Miroslav Volf at Yale. We were on our way to Houston [Read More…]

I was going to blog about Halloween–until I read Ben Corey’s post

It’s called The Evil Part of Halloween. But it’s not what you think. As Ben says, There is an evil side to Halloween–one that doesn’t involve fake ghosts or goblins, but a real evil–one that includes slavery, oppression, beatings, broken lives, and destroyed families.   That’s right folks, we’re not talking about Satan, we are [Read More…]

Justin Taylor – the full “Hellbound?” interview

Continuing with the “young, restless and Reformed” theme, begun with my interview with Mark Driscoll, I bring you my full interview with Justin Taylor. Though not a household name like Driscoll, Justin is an influential blogger at the Gospel Coalition whose pre-emptive post, Rob Bell: Universalist?, which was a response to the book trailer for [Read More…]

Mark Driscoll – the full “Hellbound?” interview

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but Vimeo has been giving me all sorts of technical grief. At any rate, it’s finally online. It goes for just over an hour, and it features everything you saw in the film and a whole lot more, including a spot where Mark gets a little [Read More…]

Who is really naive–those who think violence can solve their problems or those who don’t?

I’ve received a fair bit of flack over a post I wrote last week that essentially blames the recent “terrorist” attacks in Canada on our foreign policy, namely, our decision to join the coalition launching air strikes against ISIS. I argued that had we chosen to pursue non-violent and humanitarian approaches to ISIS and their victims [Read More…]

Why “terrorists” are suddenly attacking Canada

The answer isn’t complicated. We are exporting violence right now at a level not seen in some time. Not only are we launching air strikes against ISIS, we are also exporting fighters on the other side. Therefore, it’s only natural that someone would seek to even out the exchange. We aren’t importing terrorists, but we are certainly importing [Read More…]

There is no B/13

Yesterday I got into a bit of an altercation with a student during a lecture on screenwriting. I was teaching about how the protagonist’s journey from one way of seeing the world to a completely different way of looking at the world essentially structures the plot of the entire movie. She wasn’t necessarily arguing with [Read More…]

The tyranny of the “reading list”

I’m constantly amazed by my wife (Heidi), who doesn’t appear to have any reading list at all. If she finds something interesting at the library or a friend recommends a book to her, she’s quick to pick it up and begin reading. On rare occasions, she even acts on my recommendations, the most recent being [Read More…]

Something funny for a Friday…

When I saw this photo, I simply had to caption it. [Read more…]

The Unbelievers isn’t a documentary, it’s hubris of the highest order

Let me begin by making one point clear: Unlike many of my peers, I really like the New Atheists. I’ve read numerous books and articles by them, watched countless talks and debates, interacted with some of them online (PZ Myers and Steven Pinker), and I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting a couple of them in [Read More…]