Ten Great Words You Should Know and Use – Part 02

I am an unabashed logophile (n. – lover of words), and am always on the lookout for ways to improve my vocabulary. As I’ve begun writing more and more, I’ve noticed that I track in the same semantic (adj. – pertaining to meaning of words), pathways – a kind of syntactical (adj. – pertaining to the study [Read More…]

Will Evangelicalism Last? Here’s My Take from The Huffington Post

*This article is from The Huffington Post 02.25.20213 Rob Bell has another book coming out, the first since his bestseller “Love Wins” caused an evangelical uproar. Folks who haven’t even read the book yet are already critiquing it based on the marketing material alone. Denny Burk recently called Bell a “heterodox theological liberal,” and further claimed Bell is “no longer relevant to the [Read More…]

How To Avoid Huge Ships – A Little Friday Funny

In 1982 Captain John Trimmer wrote a maritime operations guidebook called How to Avoid Huge Ships. The book was meant to guide captains of smaller sailing/pleasure vessels and yachts who will need to navigate busy shipping lanes of the ocean without bothering or getting into trouble with large shipping vessels. The book had a very [Read More…]

Google Glass: Is This a Step Too Far? (If So, then Why Does It Look So Amazing?)

At what point does technology so impact the human person that it fundamentally changes what it means to be a person? Has that point already come and gone? And when we look at what we can do, does can mean ought? Is there a point at which technology so infiltrates personhood that it actually begins [Read More…]

Secrets of a Happy Family…

Parade Magazine did an interesting story on the secrets of a happy family last weekend. It’s worth reading. They featured a quiz that has a few interesting bits of trivia. I cherry-picked a few of the questions that I think play into some of what we’ve been talking about at Paperback Theology lately. See if [Read More…]

The Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: How Vulnerability Comes to Life During Lent

For Lent this year I’m fasting from all foods after 9pm. The reason I’m doing this is not very interesting. It’s just that I typically use up all of my will power about 8:30 and by the time I hit the sack two hours later, I’ve usually eaten around a thousand calories of junk. I’m [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have a standard order at every restaurant I go to, an order from which I rarely deviate. I confess that if I go to a brand new place, I order something that is as similar as possible to my other standard orders. I’m trying to figure out what this says about [Read More…]

An Ohio Christian College Loses Popular Professor: Cedarville Does Some Soul Searching

I think a lot of Christian College campuses must be going through issues like this right now. The fundamentalist message is so incompatible with a post-modern worldview, that the entire philosophy major has to be shut down. Shane Claiborne isn’t allowed on campus because his ideas might be challenging? Really? I remember Cedarville U. because [Read More…]

This Kid is Destined for Politics – Your Friday Funny

So last week this video went viral. It’s a clip of a kid lying to his mom about eating sprinkles in the kitchen while she wasn’t looking. The kid stuck to his story even though the evidence was all over his face. Ellen DeGeneres found out about it and booked the kid on her show [Read More…]

How to Talk to Children About God – Part II

Last week I wrote a post, How to Talk to Children About God (Heaven, Hell, Jesus, Salvation, and How it All Works). I have been interested in the negative response to one single sentence: “Her base identity before she is a girl, your daughter, a sister, white, American, etc, is that she belongs to Jesus.” [Read More…]