Jerry Seinfeld on How to Write a Joke

Have you ever tried to write something funny? I’m fascinated by this. Humor writing is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever tried to do, and I try to do it nearly every single week. I believe in the power of humor. It is a powerful rhetorical device and can mean the difference between [Read More…]

Checks and Balances Disappear in Kansas

I’ve heard it said that the genius of the American Constitution has nothing to do with the presidency; it has to do with separation of powers – checks and balances. This simple, yet brilliance principle has kept both State and National governments from running off the rails, keeping one ideological side from ruling in perpetuity, [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my wife and I went to see Lincoln last night… first movie I’ve seen in far too long and it was a good one. I confess that I’ve been down on Spielberg lately because I think he forces his films upon people by manipulating emotions. Instead of provoking from the viewer a [Read More…]

If You Haven’t Seen This Yet… Les Miserables Family Reaction – Your Friday Funny!

If you haven’t watched this yet, you have to see it. The family just went to see Les Miserables and one of the sons recorded his parent’s reaction to the film in the car after the show. My favorite part is at 0:47 when the dad starts laughing and crying at the same time. “We’ve [Read More…]

Tyler Hamilton, Lance Armstrong and the Power of a Secret

Over the break I read Tyler Hamilton’s memoir The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs. If you love memoir, I highly recommend it. Hamilton, via a talented ghost-writer in Daniel Coyle, renders a detailed and vulnerable telling of the story behind the rise [Read More…]

Top Paperback Theology Posts of 2012

I haven’t done a lot of year-end posting this year, but I wanted to take a moment and say how grateful I am to the readers of Paperback Theology. Because of your support, your engagement in the conversation, your linking to Facebook and Twitter, your sharing of ideas and passion, PT’s readership has grown like [Read More…]

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…]


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