Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have not learned yet how to keep quiet and serve others. I confess that the following confessions are all over the place. I confess that I finally did a full shut down on my computer last week for the first time in about a month. I confess that when it came [Read More…]

Pottermore: Introducing the Official Harry Potter Website

The Official Hub for all things Hogwarts is officially live and ready for your exploration. Text from the landing page of the website says: “Explore the Harry Potter stories in a while new way and discover exclusive new writing from J.K. Rowling. The first story in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is [Read More…]

Can We Lose Our Ability to Recognize Beauty? What Happens if we Do?

I’m slogging through Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s The Glory of the Lord, Vol. I., Seeing the Form – it’s a Theological Aesthetics (not a theology of aesthetics… Von would want that to be clear – I like call him Von as if we are old friends, it helps me to not become frustrated). Let’s not [Read More…]

The Most Popular Mayor in America

This is a pretty amazing story. Newark Mayor Cory Booker literally ran into a burning house last night & rescued a woman who would have certainly died otherwise. He said in the midst of the feeling of being trapped by the fire, he was thinking he might be a goner. He described it as a [Read More…]

Isaac Anderson and the Lord God Bird

My friend Isaac Anderson has an essay in the current Image Journal. For those of you who already know Isaac & his work – you can click here and buy the current issue & have Isaac’s essay delivered to you. For those of you who don’t know Isaac – allow me to introduce you, then [Read More…]

Ed Young’s Newest Stunt Ignites a Police Investigation

Chanel 8 in Dallas is reporting that Ed Young is now under investigation by Grapevine Police to see if his church violated any animal safety laws in their inclusion of a live Lion in last Sunday’s worship service. The investigation is silly & will probably not result in any charges. As silly as it is, [Read More…]

Stanley Fish on the Universal Rejection of Scientific Privilege

The New York Times published a 2 part story by Stanley Fish which deals with how we deal with evidence in Science and Religion. It’s well done & I recommend that you take 15 minutes and read the whole thing. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. Here’s a quick summary for those who [Read More…]


Sentimentality (my definition): softening the blows of reality by telling ourselves half-truths and untruths which temporarily assuage the nagging feeling that we are all living in a tragedy. Sentimentality is what a sleazy guy says to a lonely girl; it comes off cheesy, but just sweet enough to distract her from the fact that he’s [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional – An Easter Hangover

I confess that Easter may be my favorite day of the year. I love to tell the story… it never gets old. I confess that I love the culture hasn’t found a way to steal Easter yet. I confess that the day after Easter is one of the lowest days of the year for me [Read More…]

He is Risen Indeed: Frederick Buechner on the Resurrection

Frederick Buechner is one of my favorite writers. On the really big days of the Christian Calendar I look to him to speak to me, as I try to speak to others. This is a great interview he did for Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on PBS. Here are a few great pull quotes. I recommend [Read More…]