In defense of an uncomfortable education.

There were two occasions during my public-school career when I was asked to sit in the hallway as punishment. First, when I asked “why” in an algebra class and secondly when I objected to my history teacher describing American slavery as an institution where slaves actually benefited from the benevolence of slave owners. The apologetic … Continue reading In defense of an uncomfortable education.

For those suffering from sexual abuse…Don’t give up on Jesus.

This is a transcript portion of my message delivered on April 21, 2021 in the chapel service at Oklahoma Baptist University. The Christian life is seen by many as an attempt to earn the favor of a reluctant rule keeper. And only by doing better and trying harder will we ever earn the right to … Continue reading For those suffering from sexual abuse…Don’t give up on Jesus.

Who do you think you are? Lessons from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

“Who do you think you are?” is an oft-issued query to others and to ourselves in a world that’s constantly evolving. The myriad of changes weighs heavy on us mentally, emotionally, and sometimes physically as we attempt to make sense of what is happening and anticipate what is coming next. In an effort to compensate … Continue reading Who do you think you are? Lessons from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Pundits, Poets, and Presidents

Coming of age in the 1980’s, I was the poster child for American Evangelicalism at every intersection of its emerging influence, including politics and entertainment. Rush Limbaugh provided my political education and Carman (Carmelo Domenic Licciardello) provided the soundtrack. Both of these iconic figures died within a day of each other in February. Contemporary Christian … Continue reading Pundits, Poets, and Presidents