What Ever Happened to the News?: How the Internet Transformed Ephemera into Journalism


I’m finding it harder and harder to read the news these days. Mostly I cycle through the sites I used to care about, glancing at headlines and thinking to myself how inane and ridiculous it has become. There’s an interesting article in The New York Times on the topic. It’s written by Ravi Somaiya, and it manages to be [Read More...]

Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem


The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]

Koch Brothers Pledge $900 Million for 2016 Campaign: Will Rival Both Major Parties’ Spending


When I saw the headline in The New York Times, I felt physically ill: “Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending.” In a bold and blatant move to control the outcome of a national elections, the Koch Brothers are building an old school mob-boss style political machine. Only they’re not [Read More...]

Being Pulled Through the Knothole: David Brooks on Paradox & Presence


There’s a phrase used to describe the experience of intense or traumatic life events that leave us forever changed. “Being pulled through the knothole,” means going through a situation so singularly intense that many of the beliefs and assumptions we clung to before we were pulled through the knothole, simply fall away when we get [Read More...]

Sign Language Interpreter from Mandela’s Funeral – What Was He Actually Saying?: A Little Friday Funny

In case you haven’t heard about it, news agencies have been reporting that a man posing as a sign-language interpreter was on stage during Nelson Mandela’s funeral this week, standing next to heads of state including President Obama. Only problem is that he didn’t really know sign language and wasn’t signing their remarks. The story [Read More...]

How King’s Immortal “I Have a Dream” Almost Never Happened


As I read through the articles on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from 50 years ago today, I was fascinated by the account in The New York Times. It told a story from the platform that I had never heard before. Dr. King was about halfway through his prepared [Read More...]

The Princeton “MRS. Degree” – I Thought Only Christian Colleges Struggled With This


When I was getting my undergraduate degree at KSU back in the late 80s, I had a few friends from neighboring Manhattan Christian College. The running joke, many decades old even at that time I’m sure, was that many female students on their campus seemed a little less interested in getting an education than finding [Read More...]