A Word for Good Friday and Easter

I don’t think our deepest question is, ‘‘Is there a God?’’I think our deepest question is, ‘‘Is there a God who’s with us in all this?’’-- Scott Erickson, "Stations in the City" Folks, there are times when all of life can feel like a crucifixion and resurrection our only hope. The pandemic has been a …

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Five Lenten Meditations (and a Prayer) from Thomas Merton

A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Thomas Merton’s slender 1956 volume Thoughts in Solitude, a hodge-podge of his reflections from one of the periods at Gethsemani that he was allowed to spend in relative isolation. It’s not Merton’s best writing — many of the ideas are better fleshed out elsewhere — …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 3

Hey folks. A few days ago I hopped on Skype again with my buddies Geoff, Jonny, and Kyle and recorded another "episode" of our so-called “podcast” — “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” a nod to Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” As always, it's basically just us having a free-wheeling conversation. Nothing too remarkable. Super basic production. Plenty of …

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The 20 Greatest In-Game Dunkers in NBA History

When I was a kid, I was a straight up basketball junkie. As the song goes, “I was a victim of a basketball jones.” I studied the players, the history, the art of the game obsessively – and played it all the time, often by myself. My basketball card collection was probably my most prized …

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The Surprising Theological Lessons of Six Centuries of Winter Landscape Painting (Huh?)

Recent winter weather has been something to behold. As of last Tuesday, “[a]t least 73 percent of the continental United States was covered in snow […] the greatest percentage in at least 16 years.” Snow and ice have wreaked havoc across the nation, causing mass power outages, water shortages, countless car accidents, service shutdowns, and …

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Neil Postman’s Famous Comparison of the Prophetic Insights of Orwell vs. Huxley

A good friend of mine has been pestering me to watch Boys State (2020) on Apple TV for weeks. I finally got around to starting it, but haven't yet finished it. Seems good so far. In any case, within the first few minutes there are a couple quotations that sparked my interest. There's one that …

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This Will All Make Sense When I’m Older

I know I should be rather ashamed to admit this, but here goes: Despite being a grown man in my mid-thirties with no kids, I have now watched Frozen II multiple times in the past month—along with a 6-episode documentary on the making of Frozen II—and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I’m …

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Thank You, Anne Applebaum: Why Coexistence Is a Better Definition of “Unity” than Bipartisanship

Much to the chagrin and disdain of the far left, President Biden loves to talk about “unity.” In this time of great peril and political division, he both ran as a “unity” candidate and is now trying to govern as a “unity” president. In his inaugural address, he mentioned “unity” eight times and made it …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 4/4: 1930-2020

Phew! I'm finally "finished". I hope you enjoyed parts 1, 2, 3. I’m actually continuing to update those earlier sections with some new discoveries, but I'm basically done. I hope you enjoy this last section. It was a bit of a challenge—mainly because there's so much art being made these days but it's not organized into clear-cut …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 2

Over the last weekend, I hopped on Skype again with my buddies Geoff, Jonny, and Kyle and recorded another episode of our "podcast" — still under the current working title “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” a nod to Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” I want to strenuously reiterate: None of us have ever made a "podcast" before and …

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