Writing Tracker – Week 4 (Jan. 21 – Jan. 27)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was the first week of 2018 in which I took days off. This was for personal reasons, including attending my sister-in-law’s wedding. Weddings are such fun, beautiful...

/ January 31, 2018

The First Evil

The first act of evil in history was not what you’d expect. It came about in a peaceful, verdant garden. It came soothingly. Surreptitiously. Seemingly innocently. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the...

/ January 30, 2018

An Inadequate Response to the Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is the world’s leading agency for the monitoring and care of uprooted people. In the year 2000, its total population of concern—refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and...

/ January 29, 2018

10 Ways to Stay Motivated

So you made your resolutions–and you’re already falling behind. You’re already putting a pause on achieving your goals. You’re making excuses, adding caveats, and putting off what you said you wanted to do. I’ve been...

/ January 26, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 3 (Jan. 14 – Jan. 20)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. My writing followed a kind of bell-curve last week. I didn’t start very strong, with a couple long days toward the front end of the week, but things picked...

/ January 24, 2018

The Three Languages of Politics

Recently, I read through Arnold Kling’s short, inventive book, “The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides.” It puts words to a realization that many of us have had. Especially lately, we sense...

/ January 23, 2018

Refugees Are People, Not Data

To line up all the blunt realities of refugeeism—the pertinent facts and numbers about displaced people, causes of death, crumbling economies, stateless persons, and overcrowded camps—and then fire them off in a single go, it...

/ January 22, 2018

Be Pro-All-Life

Today is the March for Life. As Christians, we are called to be life-giving. Imitators of the Father, who breathed life into creation. Disciples of Christ, who grants new life through his death and resurrection....

/ January 19, 2018

Why We Should Return to the Catechism

Catechism is a mostly forgotten word. Many Protestants know it only in a Catholic context–and therefore approach it skeptically. The idea of turning to a catechism for learning the faith is confusing to some and...

/ January 18, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 2 (Jan. 7 – Jan. 13)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. At the start of last week, I struggled to get fired up in my writing. Fiction always comes easiest to me, so I jumped into a story I’ve been...

/ January 17, 2018