Weekly Must-Reads {2.12.14} | Creation, Masturbation, & Communism


Well, it's been a good long while since I've posted a Reading List for you all to enjoy--too long, in fact. These were some of my favorite things I read this week. What were some of yours? __________ In defense of creationists | The Week Michael Brendan Dougherty I referenced this at the end of my post … Continue reading Weekly Must-Reads {2.12.14} | Creation, Masturbation, & Communism

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This is why Genesis was written (and Ken Ham doesn’t see it)


If my Facebook feed is representative of the general population at all, then I can confidently say that most of you have heard about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye about creationism and evolution. On this blog, I try not to get too much into issues of great contention in the church family … Continue reading This is why Genesis was written (and Ken Ham doesn’t see it)

Good News! I have a new & improved Twitter user name!


Last week, I put up a post asking for some help. For the past few years, I've had a terrible Twitter user name. I told the story of this previous name, and asked for some feedback on getting a new one. Well, that was a real help, because most people confirmed that using my full name … Continue reading Good News! I have a new & improved Twitter user name!

Regarding Obama’s Surveillance Views


Listening to President Obama's press conference today, as he outlined "reforms" to the intelligence-gathering if the N.S.A., I had this thought: He's missing that people aren't simply worried that abuse might be happening in the N.S.A. programs. Rather, people think the programs themselves are the abuse. People want the programs changed and limited, not simply … Continue reading Regarding Obama’s Surveillance Views

I need a new Twitter name, and I’m at a loss. Help? (casual friday)


Hey, if you don't care about the rest of this post, feel free to skip it and just follow me and Twitter! Yeah, I feel a little narcissistic writing this post (that's why I save posts like this for Fridays!), but I've finally reached the point of annoyance that something has to happen. When I … Continue reading I need a new Twitter name, and I’m at a loss. Help? (casual friday)

“Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Well, it seems that we were not in fact done with this little series. After my final post, Daniel chose to take me up on my offer to have the final word (as I normally try to do in exchanges … Continue reading “Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]


I had the privilege over the past couple of weeks of engaging in a spirited back-and-forth with a good friend of mine, Daniel Bastian. Unfortunately, in the speed with which this exchange occurred, I know it was hard for people to keep track of the writings, the arguments, and the comments. And so, I'm writing … Continue reading A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]

Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) In this series of exchanges with my friend Daniel, I've tried to argue that his Facebook post on why he is an Atheist expressed an overall view of the world that is too small and too simplistic. I think … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?

“The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Paul, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your most recent piece. It's the best one yet in the series. You actually (finally) lay down some things we can really sink our teeth into. Something tells me you should have started with … Continue reading “The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

Simplistic Atheism {2}: Science “versus” Theology


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) I'm doing a little series this week responding to a Facebook post by a friend of mine named Daniel Bastian. He outlined twenty things that would make him change his mind about Atheism. The piece is well-organized and thought … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {2}: Science “versus” Theology

Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Last week a friend of mine named Daniel Bastian posted a well thought-out catalog of the reasons why he is an Atheist (let me know if the link doesn't work). This list includes items that don't usually pop up … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small

Make Amazing Poetry on Google & Your Bookshelf [casual fri]


We've had an intense week on the blog. It was my first week back to blogging each day. We talked about everything from engagements to suffering, from NSA surveillance to harshing everyone's 4th of July buzz. So let's have some fun. I fully believe that poetry is one of the most powerful forces in our … Continue reading Make Amazing Poetry on Google & Your Bookshelf [casual fri]

Trash Spotify, get Google Music (discount ends 6/30) [casual fri]


A few years ago, I wrote about my own personal, internal struggle over online music services. Well now, I have a winner. I've told several friends about Google Music. For the past couple of years it's been my go-to mobile music manager. Long story short, this is how it has worked: Google uploads your entire … Continue reading Trash Spotify, get Google Music (discount ends 6/30) [casual fri]

Some random scribblings & musings on NSA surveillance


It seems that every few days, the basic understanding of the NSA surveillance leaks changes. At first, it was just phone records, but really, how many of us use our phones to call all that much any more? Then, it included nearly all internet traffic, but we were assured there were "meaningful safeguards in place". … Continue reading Some random scribblings & musings on NSA surveillance