Monday Morning Confessional – 2012 Year End Confessions

Father Adam – a Benedictine monk who is my spiritual director – always says “God is good. People are crazy.” That sums up the year 2012. Here is my year-end confession. I confess that I am not a very good celebrator of New Year’s Eve. Growing up my family celebrated with Dick Clark on East [Read More…]

Incarnation: The Scandal of Particularity

As an evangelical Christian I am a part of a people who have emphasized the crucifixion above everything else, even sometimes eclipsing resurrection. Incarnation (the birth of Jesus), comes in third in terms of emphasis and the teachings of Jesus brings up the rear in a distant fourth. This has been our hierarchy of emphasis [Read More…]

Top Ten Christmas Movies of All Time

If you are like me, there’s no time to sit and watch Christmas movies today – which is a really sad commentary on my pace of life! So, you can do what I did: take a moment and watch the above clip from Elf, which is #2 on my list of Top 10 Christmas movies [Read More…]

Theologian Trading Cards – It’s the Gift that Keeps On Giving

Forget the Jelly of the Month club, this is a stroke of genius. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of the idea first. Zondervan has had some great money makers (The Purpose Driven Life was pretty good), but this thing has solid gold written all over it. If you are wondering what to get [Read More…]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Official Trailer – Why Am I Excited About this Movie?

Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the same movie, plus Steve Buscemi to boot? This is either going to be amazing or way too over the top to be good. I can tell you that the trailer made me laugh out no less than four times. Add this to the list of movies I’m dying [Read More…]

Jib Jab’s Year in Review 2012 – “The End Is Here!”

Best recap of 2012 I’ve seen so far. [Read more…]

Friday Funny – Harvard Sailing Team’s “Puppy Pictures”

When you get together with family and friends during the holidays someone will inevitably bring some pictures of their family trip, their kids doing sports, their new puppy. I’m not going to lie, it can get a little awkward. But you have never seen something as awkward as this. The first comment on Youtube said, [Read More…]

This Is How You Give a Christmas Gift

In the interest of full disclosure, the remarkable young woman in this post is my niece… Sarah Thompson will be spending her Christmas break donating part of her liver to help save a friend who is suffering from Byler’s Disease. She will forever win the “how you spending your xmas break” contest at her house. [Read More…]

Brent Strawn on CNN – The Bible on Dealing with Grief

Brent Strawn was on CNN yesterday talking about the Bible’s view on how to deal with grief. Last year I attended the Earle Lectures on Biblical Literature with Brent Strawn from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Strawn is an Old Testament scholar and the lectures were amazing. I got to meet him and [Read More…]

Nate Silver Adds Some Context to Gun Control: The Nerds Bring the Numbers

It’s always good when an argument is brewing and the boiler plate rhetoric gets old as it takes us nowhere, to look at a few numbers. Nate Silver has a couple of good posts: One article looking at gun control and how it is related to party identity. Another article looking at the rhetoric associated [Read More…]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X