San Diego: Paradise, Up In Smoke

A dear friend of mine (hi, Steve — you dashing diva-maker, you) wrote to ask how I was doing, what with so much of the area in which I live being on fire, and all. “We east-coasters have no clue as to what you are going through,” wrote Steve. “God has you going through this for a reason, [Read More…]

San Diego Is On Fire

All figures updated as of 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Oct. 23 A follow-up blog–written today, Thursday, Oct. 25–is here. As you probably know, much of Southern California is burning. San Diego (where I live) sure is. The fire has so far consumed some 250,000 acres in the mountains and rural areas immediately east of the city proper. [Read More…]

John, Delayed

I’m not a Bible scholar. I’m not a seminary student or graduate. I used to work in a kitchen that served the resident teaching priests at a major Jesuit college, but I’m afraid I didn’t learn much there beyond that priests plus college students equals unending stream of exceptional gossip. I am also not a pastor, [Read More…]

Okay, I’m Back! But Just For This One!

Here’s a short story I’ve lately been goofing around with. It’s called: Fathers, Sons Once upon a time there was a little boy named Oscy McGee. Oscy thought his parents were geeks. He didn’t want to think that –but there it was. “Hey, Os!” said his dad, nudging him. “What say you and I go [Read More…]

Blog Burnout! Back October 8!

I seem to be suffering from Blog Burnout. Which makes sense, I guess: Over the last six months I’ve posted about 120 pieces here. So I’m gonna go persona non- bloggis until Monday, Oct. 8. See ya’ then! (Oh, I wanted to say. I would LOVE for anyone to go back and read some of the [Read More…]

Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Wife

My wife and I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. If you’re a single guy thinking about getting married, might I suggest, based on my experience, that you marry a woman who possesses the following ten qualities? 1. So smart she constantly freaks you out with her humongous Absorb-O-Brain. Upside: Hanging around with a smart [Read More…]

Why Must Others Be Like Us?

Here’s a question: What is it within people that makes them so insane to have everyone else be as much like them as possible? What is that? Why do people care so much what other people do and think and believe? It’s easy enough for me, as a Christian, to say, “Well, the reason [we] [Read More…]

Why We Christians Always Lose Debates with Atheists–Thank God

The other day I read the recent Newsweek piece in which Rick Warren (Purpose-Driven Life—like you didn’t know) debated the eminently rational and mind-bogglingly articulate Sam Harris (The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation). In that “debate,” I thought Mr. Harris waxed the floor with Mr. Warren. For one, nobody out-rationalizes Sam Harris. [Read More…]

Christians and Atheists in Communion — in Harmony, I Mean! Now What?

I don’t think it’s going too far to say that my recent posts (“An Honest Question: Atheists, How Do You Process Your Guilt?” and “What the Atheists Taught Me” ) have established utter peace and harmony between Christians and atheists around the world. Isn’t it just the greatest thing? (Um … down there, in the comments section [Read More…]

What the Atheists Taught Me

In my last post I asked atheists to talk about their relationship to their guilt. And man, oh man, did they ever respond. Turns out atheists are quite the … cyber-communicators. It also turns out that atheists — or the many from whom I heard, anyway — care just as much as we Christians do [Read More…]