Escaping Escapism

Studies demonstrate that Americans spend approximately 5 hours and 35 minutes watching television and 5 hours using their smartphones each day. When asked why they take up almost all of their waking hours starting at a screen, respondents claim that doing so grants them an “escape” from life.

If one was ignorant of the fact that the US is one of the most affluent, technologically advanced, convenience-minded societies on the face of the earth, this answer would give the impression that everyday living is harsh and dreary. I cannot be the only person to see the irony here. Or, is it possible that something darker is at play? Continue reading

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Podcast: Rebutting Matt Walsh’s Article on Why Young People are Leaving the Church

Episode Description: I recently read commentator Matt Walsh’s article on why he thinks young people are leaving the church and aren’t coming back to it. While many of things he wrote are true, one particular idea bothered me – the notion that the youth do not approach church because of “poser” Christians. In this respect his analysis is faulty, due to the fact that modern youth suffer from the same character deficiency he ascribes to much of the church. I comment further on this topic in this edition of the podcast.

The Dangers of Seeking Validation in the Wrong Places

It’s been a few days since Kanye West shocked the Cultural Marxist establishment by both declaring that he finds commentator Candace Owens’ declarations to be interesting and posting a picture where he is shown wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Being that miss Owens is of the political persuasion that is almost entirely scorned by American celebrity culture, those that belong to it have vociferously denounced West with the intention of shaming him into retracting his statements. Continue reading

A True Evangelical Conspiracy

It was reported a few days ago that more than 50 “pillars of evangelicalism” had been invited to a private gathering at Wheaton College. When asked what the intention of the event was, Doug Birdsall, an organizer of the exclusive meeting, answered somewhat candidly:

“When you Google evangelicals, you get Trump…When people say what does it mean to be an evangelical, people don’t say evangelism or the Gospel. There’s a grotesque caricature of what it means to be an evangelical.”

Another organizer of the assemblage, Darrell Bock (director of “cultural engagement” at Dallas Theological Seminary), described the get-together using much more intentionally ambiguous terminology:

It is an attempt to try and show how we should be thinking in such a way that our theology is what is the central concern versus our political commitments…We have some people who are going to be doing some presentations about how they see the current situation and we are going to talk about it…The concern is with the church expressing itself clearly about its theological commitment and its theological character in the midst of the environment we are in. Part of the point of the meeting is to have a conversation to see where we are and if there is agreement on how to proceed.” [Emphasis mine.] Continue reading

Want to Teach Children Free Market Economics? Play Monopoly!

Monopolies are anathema to any conservative. However, in the spirit of fun and games it is essential to allow oneself opportunity to engage in the practice for the sake of showing others that one can become Jeff Bezos.

Sarcasm aside, the title above is inspired by the latest goings on in our household. We’ve been playing board games a lot as a family and Monopoly has been used on our kitchen table for most of those sessions. As our children count their cash, buy properties, pay taxes and charge rent, my wife and I use the occasions to teach them about saving and buying, making wise investments, basic mathematical principles, engaging in prudent business transactions and the like. Continue reading