The End of the Middle: How the Death of Compromise Crippled our Government

KC Star this weekend ran a story called “The End of the Middle: How the Death of Compromise Crippled our Government.” The article is well worth taking a few moments to read. Here are a few pull quotes… what do you think? “On a spring day in 1984, a politician named Tip O’Neill walked to [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that while having dinner with friends this weekend we started laughing about people farting while doing yoga. My wife said that there was one particular pose that caused a ton of people to blow, and I really wanted to know which one it was. So I googled it. I confess that I had [Read More…]

Saturday Morning Fun: Best political quiz ever at “I Side With” / take 5 min. to learn which candidates agree with you

Every election season there is some sort of quiz flying around to help you decide which candidate you should vote for. They always bug be because I never quite agree with any of the answers, so I end up having to choose the lesser of two evils, which is way too much like the ballot [Read More…]

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

There is a pretty stunning article by Bill McKibbin in the current Rolling Stone that I really wish everyone would read. It’s a long article, but if you’ll take the 15 or 20 minutes to actually read and digest the material, I think you’ll have a new perspective on what the world is facing. Here [Read More…]

What Happens when the “Daily Quiet Time” Simply Stops Working?

In 2001-2002, after years of ministry & the pursuit of God the Quiet Time model of person devotions stopped working for me. I mean, it literally just stopped. From about 7th grade on I was taught how to have a “quiet time.” The quiet time is Evangelicalism 101. My first training came from something called [Read More…]

Had a Conversation about Public Jesus on Doug Pagitt Radio Today – here are the clips:

Thanks to Doug for having me on the show to talk about Public Jesus & the upcoming political election season. Here are a couple of clips from the discussion:   [Read more…]

Romney / Ryan: Why this VP pick was a mistake

We had a good discussion about Paul Ryan’s budget earlier this year at Paperback Theology, (see Should Politicians be telling Theologians What to Think?). Now that he’s been named as Romney’s running mate my initial reaction is that this a pretty big mistake. The reason I think this is simple: Ryan doesn’t get Romney anything he doesn’t [Read More…]

Is Competition Really the Best Way to Achieve Excellence?

If you are like me you spent a fair amount of the past two weeks watching the world’s greatest athletes perform feats of strength, endurance, skill, and agility in the 2012 London Olympic Games. I’ve always loved the Olympics. I have great memories of watching them with my parents as a kid. I remember talking about the [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m sad that the conservatives voted out nearly all of the moderate voices in Kansas politics last week. I confess that I think checks and balances is the genius of the American political system, and sadly it will not be something Kansans can rely on for the foreseeable future. I confess that [Read More…]

Challenge Accepted: If You Want to Know God, You Better Find Somebody to Love

Thanks for the challenge, Tony. This was a great exercise. Strangely, when I sat down to try and write something substantive about God I found that I couldn’t stop clearing my throat, which I believe affirms your suspicion that our reticence to talk about God has at least something to do with worries about how [Read More…]