Heavy for the Vintage

Heavy for the Vintage

I would like take a quick break from our discussion about paradigms Protestant and Catholic in order to draw everyone’s attention to a little side project that a few friends of mine and I are just now beginning. It’s basically a small community of artists, writers, and thinkers from varying backgrounds whose aim is simply to give expression to the identity we share as misfits and malcontents in this cruel and beautiful world of...

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Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

D.G. Hart, this one’s for you. . . . Most of you won’t know this, but Darryl and I kind of used to be pals (in a professor/student kind of way, of course). He was my faculty advisor at Westminster, and he oversaw my work on a directed research project examining Calvin and Edwards on the issue of assurance (a project for which I not only earned an A, but which Darryl described as an “impressive study” [hey, turns out that...

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Stuff I Like: Europe in the ’90s

Stuff I Like: Europe in the ’90s

  I’m not a sociologist, so I don’t really know when I technically “grew up.” Since I went from age 6 to 16 in the 1980s, a case could be made that I grew up in that decade. Still, I feel like it was during my time aged 16 to 26 that I actually became who I am today (which, for you mathematically challenged, spanned from 1990 – 1999). Most of my memories of the ’80s were of childhood and young...

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Stuff I Like: Wordsmithing and Woe

Stuff I Like: Wordsmithing and Woe

Being a writer myself, I have a deep affinity for words and their smithing. I have long maintained that it’s one thing to tell a great story, but another to tell it well, and beautifully. I would consider popular tales like the Millennium Trilogy, the five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, and the Harry Potter  series to be excellent stories, but to be honest, while reading them I rarely stopped and backtracked in order to re-read a...

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Stuff I Like: Über Poignant Films

Stuff I Like: Über Poignant Films

Rather than just providing a forum for people to yell at one another about theology all day, I thought I’d start interspersing some posts about non-doctrinal pop culture-related topics. Who, us  one-dimensional? For my first installment in the “Stuff I Like” series I want to talk about movies, and specifically my favorite film genre. Unfortunately it doesn’t really have a convenient label, so I’ll have to describe...

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Christian Culture War: An Oxymoron

I just picked up a book at the local library called Blowing Smoke (please note the hilarious subtitle), in which the author, Michael Wolraich, seeks to demonstrate the absurdity of what he calls “the politics of persecution” according to which many ideologues attempt to characterize their base as a conspired-against minority on the brink of extinction. The first chapter is dedicated to the so-called “War on Christmas” and Fox News...

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