Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m so into the Hunger Games trilogy that during prayers of the people at church yesterday, I momentarily thought to pray for Katniss Everdeen. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever been tempted to pray for a fictional character. I confess this was disturbing. It’s the closest I’ve ever felt to [Read More…]

Richard Dawkins Bails on Atheism – He’ll make a better agnostic.

After the death of Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins was allowed to wear the title, “world’s foremost atheist.” As it turns out, it was only for a short time. Only about a month, in fact, right up until his debate / conversation at Oxford  a few days ago with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. There Dawkins [Read More…]

Franklin Graham Steps In It: Does Faith Really Matter in Presidential Politics?

Franklin Graham made himself look silly on MSNBC the other day. Let me say up from that the hosts were condescending and self-righteous. If you watch the video, look at their faces… wow. Nobody came out of this interview looking okay. Nevertheless, there were many low points for Graham. The gist of the trouble was [Read More…]

The Other Journal – Book Review of An Evangelical Social Gospel?

I was excited to hear about the book review written for The Other Journal, on An Evangelical Social Gospel? My excitement comes on two levels. First, I really enjoy reading The Other Journal. What is happening there is really good – scholarly, smart stuff dealing not with dry minutiae, but rather with the intersection of theology and [Read More…]

5 Ways to Appear Smarter… meet 5 ways to actually become smarter!

I found this at Manpacks, a quirky site I check about once a week. It’s pretty funny, so if you want you can read the article before reading on, because I’m about to rip it a little bit. Seriously… it’s funny I you might want to enjoy it first. Here’s a link. The 5 ways to [Read More…]

How the Romantic Comedy Was Born (and how it relates to Lent)

In 1930 all of the major guilds of the motion picture industry ratified the Motion Picture Production Code. This code was the beginnings of the rating system that we still have now. Part of the new rules established by the production code determined that passionate kissing was only allowed once in an entire movie, and [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional (Tuesday… again…)

I confess that I just spent a long weekend with my wife in New York City – my favorite city in the world – and so all I was not a diligent blogger over the weekend. We got in at midnight last night & I’m still feeling the city running through my veins. So, I [Read More…]

Half of US Workers Don’t Take their Vacation Time

Vacation time is essential to a healthy work life. But, accordingto LA Times business writer David Lazarus, half of all US workers donot take all of their allotted time off. The reason, he says, is that employersapply subtle pressure to make people feel as though they can’t take all oftheir vacation time. We need to [Read More…]

Colbert Cancels Show Taping – Nobody’s Talking…

*Update: Huffington Post is saying that Colbert’s Mother is sick, you can read about it here. I hope things are okay w/Stephen Colbert. They cancelled his show last night at the last minute last night saying, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16.” This [Read More…]

Congressional Insider Trading – Our Representatives are Embarrassing Us

Checks and balances is an essential part of the genius of the American system, but they have also slowed the government down to a grinding halt. Mired in the gridlock, it seems our representatives have found a way to kill time: insider trading. When we need our representatives to help speed economic recovery, they’ve been [Read More…]