September 28, 2017

I’m speaking at The Front Porch Republic Conference at Hope College in a few days. The name of the conference is, Localism and the Professions. My contribution is pretty small. But here it is for what it is. What follows is a draft of the paper I will be reading. Professionals profess things. That’s what professionals do. I’m a minister, I’m entrusted with professing the gospel. Professionals should be surrounded by people who pay attention to what they have to… Read more

September 19, 2017

When everyone says he wants something but no one seems to have it, maybe he doesn’t really want it. Maybe he just wants to be believed to want it. Read more

September 15, 2017

Most of the time it is impossible to know why someone stops talking to you. Is it something you said? Is it something you did? Sometimes it’s one. Sometimes it’s both. Sometimes it is something else. And sometimes you shouldn’t apologize, even when it is something you said or did. But sometimes you should. It depends on a number of things. But even when you should it is impossible to make things right if you don’t know what you did… Read more

September 7, 2017

What do you depend upon? We all depend on things, and most (if not all of them, really) are outside of our full control. With that in mind, it is wise to diversify and even multiply your dependencies. When I say multiply, I mean make them redundant so that when one lets you down, you can lean more heavily upon another. A place to start is by strengthening the things that are closer to home–things like skilled labor, and if… Read more

September 5, 2017

Work is coming home. More people work from home than has been the case in a long, long time. But the homes they work in, generally speaking, weren’t built to house much work besides cooking up prepackaged meals from the supermarket. Now, if we built our homes to work, how would they be different? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and not just recreationally. I’m planning to build a house for my family in the not too distant… Read more

August 31, 2017

I was informed this morning that since the universe is very old and our lives are very short in comparison, our lives are meaningless. Read more

August 24, 2017

Today I reflect a little on the thing that draws me to H. P. Lovecraft, his aesthetic: Cosmicism. This is a little excerpt of something that will be published by Scenes Media in the near future. (When it is, you’ll be among the first to know!) What is cosmicism? Summed up briefly, Cosmicism is based on the idea that humanism is an illusion. Human consciousness, human civilization, humane values, and all the rest, add up to a bubble that surrounds us… Read more

August 22, 2017

When it comes to recovering the household economy I feel like a voice in the wilderness at times. The wilderness is a lonely place. That’s why it is great to find someone else out there with you. It is especially so when you find that your companion is saying some of the same things you are. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover John Cuddeback’s blog, Bacon from Acorns, but I’m glad I have. John is… Read more

August 17, 2017

Contemporary Christianity is so saccharine it’s cloying. Read more

August 11, 2017

In many ways my life is a rags-to-riches story. I was thinking about this recently because I was working on the bio for my author website. The opening line of the bio there reads: C. R. Wiley’s childhood was like something out of a story by Roald Dahl. It was full of vacancies, like AWOL parents and school truancy. He was a ward of the state for a time. (Imagine living at the DMV and you have a sense of… Read more

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