July 10, 2018

Focus is a relief. To me it is, anyway. For a long time, my blogging was too “all over the place”. I was commenting on too many issues and topics without an anchor to tie them together. When I started asking myself what was at the heart of my concerns right now, what topics mattered most to me, and what I took the greatest joy in writing about, two things stood out. First, I want to write about the meaning of… Read more

July 2, 2018

  My wife, a professional musician, called me from rehearsal. I could instantly tell from the sound of her voice that something was wrong. “I forgot my score,” she said,”It’s on the piano. I need you to bring it to me. “ I told her I’d be there soon. I rushed around the house pulling myself together and then out to the car. In a hurry and a couple of blocks from our house, I began to pull forward from… Read more

June 25, 2018

In this episode, I chat with former New York Post Columnist Naomi Schaefer Riley about her book “Be the Parent, Please! : Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat.” You can find the new episode here. The show is also available in iTunes. If you’d like to support the show via Patreon, click here.   Listen to “Ep. 10 The Dean Abbott Podcast- Naomi Schaefer Riley 6/25/18” on Spreaker. Read more

June 18, 2018

My wife and I sometimes settle in to watch a little television. This often involves some British series, usually a period piece, typically set in the countryside. Our watching of Blue Bloods was more the exception than the rule. Twice recently, I have been struck by the portrayal of clergy in these programs. In Grantchester, a pretty good show overall, Anglican clergyman Sidney Chambers is so confused about moral realities he can barely preach or offer counsel to his flock…. Read more

June 11, 2018

If there is one thing people in most evangelical settings fear it’s being a “legalist.” You hear it all the time: “You don’t want to be too legalistic” or “She came from a very legalistic background.” Whatever  “being legalistic” is in these circles, it’s clearly the opposite of what the serious Christian life should be. In fact, many evangelical institutions would prefer to welcome someone who calls the basic tenets of their faith into question than someone who is “too… Read more

June 5, 2018

The modern mind, strictly speaking, is not a mind at all. If the mind is, among other things, that part of the human person that seeks truth, weighs claims and seeks, as far as possible, to come to an objective understanding of reality, then the average modern person has been rendered mindless. This is not to say that the average modern person is stupid. Rather, the modern man’s approach to life does not value detailed examination of ideas. The modern… Read more

May 19, 2018

The romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just like a fairy tale–if the princess-to-be had starred in a cable television program and a couple of Hallmark movies. Of course, in this fairy tale, the princess-to-be is also divorced. She has already sworn to be faithful to one man until her death, and she has reneged. This makes hers a perfectly modern fairy tale. Where the older fairy tales emphasized chastity and faithfulness, the story Ms. Markle has told… Read more

May 7, 2018

A new episode of The Dean Abbott Podcast has been published today.  You can find it here. In this episode, I talk about the state of modern men with Aaron Renn, author and publisher of The Masculinist, an email newsletter devoted to helping men better themselves and their situations. You can listen via the player below.   Listen to “Ep. 08 The Dean Abbott Podcast- Aaron Renn 5/7/2018” on Spreaker. Here’s the YouTube version , if you prefer.   Read more

April 30, 2018

A new episode of The Dean Abbott Podcast has just been published. In this episode, I am joined by economist Bryan Caplan to discuss his book The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. You can find it here or listen through the player below. Listen to “Ep. 07-The Dean Abbott Podcast- Bryan Caplan 4/30/18” on Spreaker. Here is the YouTube version if you prefer. Read more

April 17, 2018

For a long time, the most desired quality in an Evangelical youth pastor was that he be crazy. Not the “he-thinks-he’s-Napoleon” kind of crazy, but the “you-never-know-what-he’ll-get-up-to” kind of crazy. He had to be the kind of guy whose behavior could aptly be described with the words “antics” and “shenanigans.” His role in the church was “to show the kids that Christians can have fun too.” Above all, he had to be the master of silly games and icebreakers. He… Read more




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