November 16, 2018

The good folks at CrossPolitic just published an essay of mine. Here’s how it starts, the link below will take you to the rest of it. Please check out the work of CrossPolitic while you’re there. A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of fragility, particularly when it comes to young people—you know, safe-spaces, and coloring books on college campuses, and all of that. And while I could add my voice to the chorus, I think fragility… Read more

October 23, 2018

I have known a number of unhappy single Christian women over the years. Many of them are at a loss. Why can’t they find a man who will take a healthy interest in them? In my experience the women I’m thinking about don’t understand men, and they tend to be surprisingly uninterested in learning about them. I have my suspicions as to why some of these women lack interest in learning about what makes men tick, but I won’t spend… Read more

October 17, 2018

It would be amusing if it were not so diabolical. The people who control our universities, our media, and our government bureaucracies now feign victimhood. They are la resistance–the resistance. This is the way evil works: it mislabels things. Up becomes down, right becomes wrong, good becomes evil, and the people who run things become the victims. For years these people have been denaturing nature, destroying households and families, leveling local communities, all in the name of freedom (which is… Read more

July 9, 2018

Today I recommend to you a book for new parents, and maybe not so new parents. It is entitled, Why Children Matter, by Doug Wilson. First, a disclosure. Doug favorably reviewed my recent book, Man of the House, on his Plodcast, podcast. But even if he had panned my book, I’d still recommend his book, Why Children Matter. Here’s why. Doug is a father and a grandfather. He’s also a pastor. He’s been around a while. He’d done some things… Read more

June 28, 2018

For those folks who enjoy podcasts, allow me to recommend The Chris Craft Show. Of course, this is a little self-serving. I’ve been on the show a couple of times. But I’ve enjoyed my conversations with Chris and he’s had a nice range of guests. So if you’re into this sort of thing, you should subscribe. Here’s my latest appearance on the show. During the course of our conversation I address the subjects of entrepreneurship and raising kids. I hope… Read more

June 13, 2018

Generally speaking, evangelicals believe you can separate form from content. You can take meaning—what I mean by content—and place it in just about any container without losing something. John 3:16 works just as well scribbled on a beach-ball surrounded by lotioned bodies, as it does when it is printed in a book surrounded by the rest of John’s gospel. Beach-balls have nothing to say as beach-balls, they’re neutral and meaningless, like the rest of the world. So, beach-ball or book,… Read more

May 18, 2018

Here are some sightings of yours truly at First Things and at Touchstone–a couple of my favorite journals. I was honored to be asked to write the following piece for First Things by the editors there–Mark Bauerlein and Rusty Reno. I’ve been even happier with the reception, which has been favorable. As a result I’ve been asked to appear on the radio in both Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY–the ancestral digs of both sides of my family, the Ohio River… Read more

May 8, 2018

In the original Twilight Zone there is an episode entitled, The Last Night of a Jockey, in which the famously short Mickey Rooney has been disqualified from racing horses. His small stature, once an asset, is now a liability. Now he wants to be big. In the course of the show he is shown that he has always longed to be big, big and important, that is. And that is why his conscience accuses him of always being small. So… Read more

April 30, 2018

In my advocacy for recovering the productive household, the first question I’m asked is, “Is it possible?” But there is a second, sometimes hiding in first, other times expressed, and it is this: “Is it desirable?” I think we all live short of the ideals we live for–so failure to fully perfect an ideal doesn’t strike me as a fatal blow. It is the question of desire, is this worth the effort? or, is it even nobel to try? that… Read more

April 23, 2018

I think most people assume stories make difficult things easier to understand. That’s why preachers should use them, it is believed. They illustrate. I don’t think that’s quite right, it isn’t the reason Jesus spoke in parables. We have his word on that. 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to… Read more

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