Empowering Refugees to Stay Close to Home: Part I

In light of the “refugee crisis” in Europe and fearful refugee policies mounting in the United States, it is not surprising that many believe the first course of action provided to refugees is resettlement. That,...

/ April 23, 2018

Reveling and Wrestling Through ‘The Heart of Man’

It’s a docu-drama that wraps a handful of deeply personal interviews around a sincerely affecting retelling of the story of the prodigal son. Watching the movie on a whim, without any prior context, I was...

/ April 18, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 15 (April 8 – 14)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was my most prolific week of 2018. I wrote more than 12,000 words, crossing the 10,000-word mark for the first time this year. I’ve been surprised over...

/ April 17, 2018

Responding to Refugeeism: A Three-Pronged Plan of Action

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. – Matthew...

/ April 16, 2018

Three Views on Tax Reform

With Tax Day nearly upon us–and a couple months removed from a significant tax overhaul in this country–I am reminded of the fascinating book I read at the start of this year: Arnold Kling’s “Three...

/ April 13, 2018

Assessing My Writing Goals After Three Months – Q1

At the start of the year, I set out writing goals for myself. These goals were part of a larger investment strategy—investing in skills and desires such that they compound to reach long-term objectives bigger...

/ April 12, 2018

The Sin of Samwise Gamgee

When Gandalf first speaks to Frodo about Gollum, once called Smèagol, Frodo has nothing but disgust. What he knows about the creature comes from Bilbo, and it is all loathsome. “I can’t believe that Gollum...

/ April 11, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 14 (April 1 – 7)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. What a difference a week makes! Looking over the first three months of 2018, I really got into a groove with this blog. I have enjoyed posting so frequently...

/ April 10, 2018

A Theology of Refuge: How the Good Samaritan Helps Us Come Alongside Refugees

The imago Dei informs how the Church can respond to refugeeism with the eyes and fingerprint of the Father. The Spirit of Pentecost reveals how Christians are radically helped, accompanied, and sustained by the Holy...

/ April 9, 2018

The Things We Do Instead of Writing

I love to write. I want to write and I want to be a writer. So why do I so often find ways to do anything except write? The fact of the matter is, even...

/ April 6, 2018