Nothing to Do With Jesus

Rock Island, IL Herewith, a transcript of something like the little talk given by FPR’s shirt-tail relative at the recent FPR conference in Louisville. (So embarrassed are we by him that we left… [more]

Nothing to Do With Jesus Nothing to Do With Jesus

Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship.… [more]

Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled… [more]

Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves
Archimedes_lever “To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
kolache fest In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and Germans came in the 1800s and brought a culture that remains surprisingly stable. My Dworsky forebears,…
Breslin Tower and Walsh Ellett Hall, University of the South ... and doing so in syllables of sweetness and light.
yes-no [Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On Thursday, voters in Scotland will go to the polls and either choose “Yes,” meaning that they want Scotland to become an independent state, or “No,” meaning that they want Scotland to remain in the…
Japan-quake_1291279g Japanese rail commuters ride train station escalators the way you might expect: those who are in no hurry stand to the right, leaving a ‘passing lane’ for those who walk or run up or down the escalator. The East Japan…
Holland, MI I can’t say I’m overly conversant with the history of charitable giving in America, but I can’t recall something taking off quite like this “ice bucket challenge.” In the unlikely event you haven’t heard of it, it involves,…
Print Entrance:Virtual America’s Convention Hall                                                     Demise—1) the conveyance of an estate 2) transfer                                              of the sovereignty to a successor 3) a: death b: cessation                                              of existence or activity c: a loss of position or status                         …
decaying_wood Mostly they promise the truth about a rapture that isn’t in the cards.
no-limits Holland, MI Over at the Postmodern Conservative, Peter Lawler has been writing quite a bit about Robin Williams, and specifically the movie Dead Poets Society (which, Peter and I agree, isn’t that good a movie). In this context Lawler has turned…
Billy and Ruth at WC Hillsdale, Michigan. Readers may recall the dustup earlier in the summer when Peter Conn prompted pious gasps for suggesting that institutions like Wheaton College (the evangelical one) should not be accredited. His reasoning was based in part on the belief…