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December 19, 2013
Fear, Jealousy, and Paranoia: We Love to Wrestle
There can be good clean fun in the political give and take. The sport of...
December 19, 2013
The Harmonium Project Must Fail
The Harmonium Project is the name given to a group of students at Franciscan University...
December 17, 2013
¡No le aflojes! (from Things and Stuff)
(My first book of essays — Things and Stuff — was published in 2011 as...
December 09, 2013
Indiana Teacher of the Year Reviews the Primer UPDATED
Steve Perkins is the 2014 teacher of the year for the state of Indiana. This...
December 05, 2013
Papal Marxism and Other Mental Infections: On the U.S. Reception of Evangelii Gaudium
There is a rumor going around about Pope Francis in the United States, after the...
December 01, 2013
The Educational Significance of Advent
Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form...
November 29, 2013
Correcting a Correction of Evangelii Gaudium, para 54. UPDATED
It is very annoying for this to be the first thing I say about Pope...
November 19, 2013
Discussion on the Mount?
Over at First Thoughts, there is a post titled, "The Lecture Works, and It Always...
November 16, 2013
The Wrong Correspondence
The genius of Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" is the psychological reversal that occurs when the...
November 11, 2013
Abortion Beyond Poli-Tricks
Just over a month ago, I gave a lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sponsored...
November 09, 2013
Overzealous Evangelism Sucks
I think that one reason some people don't like Pope Francis is because he doesn't...
November 07, 2013
When my children see a movie they like, they want to see it again. Immediately....
November 04, 2013
A Hellish Wit
When I see a billboard or bumper-sticker that reads "HELL IS REAL," I usually smile...
October 30, 2013
Boredom is Laziness
We live in a culture of boredom. It may seem odd that, within the most...
September 10, 2013
When Prayer Goes Wrong
I think I fasted on Saturday. It didn't feel very penitential, but I was also...
August 27, 2013
Christ, the Prisoner: Webb on Von Balthasar and Prison Ministry
Stephen Webb has written a short and powerful reflection on Christ's descent into hell...
August 26, 2013
An Aesthetic Critique of Youth Ministry: Miley Cyrus vs. Bonnie Raitt
MARC BARNES' CRITIQUE OF YOUTH MINISTRY has, predictably, gone viral. Today there is a measured and intelligent...
July 27, 2013
Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis UPDATED
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, also known (and hereafter referred to) as "Fr. Z," will surely dispute the...
July 21, 2013
Why I’m Not Writing About the Trayvon Martin Case
The easy, short answer is that I don't have time. It really is that simple,...
July 17, 2013
Criticizing Criticism and The Blue Evangelization: A Rejoinder
Read this first. This post is about that post. +++ It is not my first time...
July 13, 2013
Why Serious Catholics Should Hate Catholic Stuff
I love Mexican food. Bordertown street cuisine, Tex-Mex comfort food, and Southwestern red and green...
July 11, 2013
Category Mistakes Abound: Marriage, Hell, and the Pope
A category mistake occurs when one thing is misidentified as another. This is often a...
June 25, 2013
LIVE FREE AND DIE
Libertines, everywhere. We have conservative libertines, liberal libertines, secular libertines, and religious libertines. We have...
May 20, 2013
Primer Update and Sneak Peek
My latest book --- A Primer for Philosophy & Education --- was released two weeks...
May 12, 2013
The Womb of Love: A Womanist Manifesto
The Ascension is a soft-spoken Catholic feast about dwelling in a prolonged and reoccurring Advent....
May 03, 2013
Philosophy in a Trout Stream
Over the past two summers in rural Indiana, I rekindled my life-long love of fishing....
April 15, 2013
Mercy for Gosnell, For Us All
I tend to ramble and write down all the details, leaving them fussily thrown about,...
March 31, 2013
“Google Nose” Smells Funny and Familiar: A Sun Blemish
People got offended by Google's choice to feature a sketch of Cesar Chavez today, Easter...
March 28, 2013
Patheos Prompt: Why I’m Catholic?
Patheos wants to know why I'm Catholic, in 200 words. The most honest answer is...
March 23, 2013
Franciscan Theatrics: Papa Francisco’s Gangsta Ways
"Show, don't tell." This could be the Franciscan evangelical motto. The Franciscan tradition is rooted...
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