The Truth About Cell Phones on Airplanes: debunking the “turn off all electronic devices” myth

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ve probably wondered what the real deal is on no phone or electronic device usage during take off and landing. This video debunks the myth that it could be a problem. The most interesting details to me are: 1) pilots use ipads and wifi in the cockpit. 2) [Read More…]

Knife Guys – Will Ferrell & Ryan Gosling – Your Friday Funny

Friday Funny: the purpose of Friday Funny is more than just a cheap laugh (although it certainly includes a cheap laugh). Friday is a writing day for me and I’m usually knee deep in sermon prep (as I am today) by 7am. All of my bandwidth for creativity is being swallowed up by that endeavor [Read More…]

The World Is Not Black & White (But It Isn’t Gray Either)

David Burell once said in my hearing that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who need certitude, and those who quest for understanding. About fifteen years ago I was sitting with some friends in a Hyvee Cafe in Lee’s Summit, MO (I know, but the food was really good there), and [Read More…]

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…]