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Experience and the Tourist-i-fication of Worship

If you drive across I-90 in South Dakota from East to West, you will notice a curious phenomenon. All along your route you will be bombarded with signs pointing you to something called Wall Drug. Now Wall Drug is a tourist trap of sorts, although not an incredibly interesting one. There are some decent run-of-the-mill donuts to be purchased, a few dinosaur sculptures, and… well, that’s about it...

Worship is a Duty

One of my favorite Advent songs is also one of the most ancient: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Its composition and use dates from at least AD 275, although the most commonly used melodic setting is the well-known Picardy. Be sure to listen to one of the following renditions: As I was pondering the lyrics, I noticed that they seemed to form a conjunction with other thoughts I had been having...

Against Being Nice

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15-16) “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?Therefore I am sending...

Count to Infinity

Perhaps the most famous of the many variegated proofs for God’s existence is St. Anselm’s so-called Ontological Argument. The gist of it is as follows: God is “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”. In other words, if in one’s mind one attempted to contemplate something greater than God, the very definition of what the word “God” entails means that one has not yet come to an...

Pharisaic Sexual Iconoclasm

This past week I saw this opinion piece making its rounds on social media, with a fine click-baity headline: Sex and the single Christian: Why celibacy isn’t the only option. I found some of the premises interesting, albeit not in the slightest bit convincing, with the argument ultimately logically ending in the reduction of human beings and their sexual relationships to that of bodily pleasure...

How To Be An Art Thief

If one is involved in any sort of artistic or design related endeavor, it won’t be long before one is met with this perennial justification for lifting someone else’s work: “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Ostensibly dripping forth from the lips of Picasso, the essence of the idea is that sometimes great art or great design (depending on which one is engaged in) will at times involve...

A Civil Lack of Discourse

Civil discourse, I would argue, is largely dead. One could of course point to the bombast, blustering, bromides, baloney and ballyhoo that accompany any political cycle, or the chicanery, duplicity, equivocation, folderol, grandiloquence, humbuggery, inanity and jabberwocky which encrust the space like barnacles on the hull of a sunken galleon. However, that is all low-hanging fruit, and while...

Follow Your Dreams! (Over a Cliff)

I came across this thought-provoking video from Mike Rowe about following one’s passions. The gist of the video can be summed up in a great takeaway line: Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. Be sure to watch the whole thing before going any further. The idea that Mr. Rowe is trying to convey is that oftentimes our passions (in the colloquial sense of...

The Leash

Taking Luna for a walk is always- how shall we say this?– an interesting experience. She is still very much a puppy, and thus still very much interested in sniffing everything and chasing after every single leaf that blows near her. If she sees a bird or a bunny she is very much interested in chasing it. If we come across other humans (especially kids), she is very much interested in saying...

Credit Scores and Climate Change

I came across this article about a week ago, and thought it was worth looking at a little more deeply, as from the first sentence on it makes a lot of interesting assumptions. Add into the mix politics and controversial contemporary issues, and what’s not to love? To what extent does financial savvy reflect political prognostication capabilities? And what does the sophistication of a given...

Worship Should be Boring

For all of its flaws, social media can often provide a covert yet revealing look into how things are perceived by means of what people choose to share and their reactions to what they share. No doubt previous generations would think us mad for perpetuating and participating in such unsolicited dispensation of opinions, feelings and the like, but they also didn’t have fun and mindless memes to...

Board of Silly Walks: Part 7

Climate change is quickly become one of those areas of discussion loaded with its share of shibboleths. As I’ve argued elsewhere, the term itself can be an exercise in equivocation at best, an excursion in begging the question in the middle, and a rhetorical cudgel at worst. Which, of course, makes it excellent fodder for the interwebs, especially in respect to the sewers of the world wide web...

I Was Wrong About Harry Potter: Part 2

In my previous foray into this subject I looked at the deplorable way in which I formerly viewed Harry and Hermione’s friendship. Initially I had wondered why Harry and Hermione didn’t end up as a couple; after all, it seemed so perfect and natural. Instead, Hermione ends up with Ron the buffoon, and this by choice! I eventually concluded that such a perception of the supposed “missing out” of...

How Art Keeps You In Purgatory

Beauty has a way of transfixing our attention, and in some cases even transfiguring it. Art in its myriad forms can promise transcendence, as it beckons the viewer to the Beauty behind all beauty. In this sense it can be a rung on the ladder to the divine; sometimes a stark and shocking vision of glory that shakes off the encrustation of the mundane, and sometimes a subtle and persistent reminder...

Against Relevance

This past Advent was one of the saddest for me in recent memory. It had little to do with being extraordinarily busy or any sort of nostalgic incompleteness related to the season (we didn’t have time to decorate this year!). Rather, it had everything to do with Star Wars. Now, dear reader might suspect that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I haven’t yet seen...

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