Notes from the Trail

Goin’ to Town

February book update and observations about the inglorious process of book publication, ego, and supporting creative friends

First of all, I owe thanks to so many for your gracious help and support in getting the word out about Super Center Savior. I have no publicist or agency. It’s just me, my mom and sometimes my wife. I actually think they are the ones who have bought the most books to date. I…

The problem is in us

West Paducah, KY. Jonesboro, AR. Littleton, CO. Blacksburg, VA. Add to the growing list of horrible killings on school properties the town of Newton, CT. Yesterday, the nation tuned in with horror (again) to news casts about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School which left 20 children dead. Though the count was 1/3 in…

I voted

Four years ago I voted against Barack Obama more than I voted for John McCain. I was concerned about Obama’s lack of experience. However, when he won, I celebrated that America had elected its first African-American President. I prayed for him, and I hoped that his rhetoric would translate into reality. It did not. Instead,…

Statism or Conservatism

This for me was the most compelling and dynamic video in this election season. There have been many political ads I’ve shaken my head over in distress, literally astonished and dismayed by their pettiness and banality. I expect more from Presidents and potential Presidents of the strongest country on earth. This video is truly worth…

Cultural progressivism

One of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking research projects I’ve read during the past several weeks has been George Yancey’s What Motivates Cultural Progressives. It’s a four-part series that I’ve linked below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The series is based on his book by the same title, and it seeks to…

A la Carte: Crumb and Get It, Your Pastor’s Marriage, Tats and Academic Bias against Religion

When referring to a menu, something is a la carte if it is priced and ordered separately from other full menu items. For those of you not familiar, my “a la carte” entries are simply that – unrelated, brief entries that have captured my attention over previous weeks. Normally, I use readitlater.com (now Pocket) to…

Chik Fil A: A day less

Over the past week, the Chik-Fil-A controversy reached a fever pitch. Fox News Mike Huckabee suggested to his audience that those who like the embroiled chain should support them on Wednesday. In one astonishing day, the restaurant broke all sales records as people endured long lines for hours to express their appreciation to someone, really…

My Instagram birth certificate

If you use Instagram, here’s a pretty cool little feature from signing up for Statigram: There are some great ways to view and interact with your Instagram account and followers on the web. Here are a few: Webstagram http://ink361.com http://statigr.am/ http://www.gramfeed.com/ http://instagrid.me/ http://instagre.at/ Which one do you like?

Redefining marriage

I was sad. I was sad for the perfect cultural storm of the week. I was sad because of how money runs our country and manipulates the thinking of our leaders. I was sad because wisdom is so lacking. I was sad that people, in general, are robbed of true love. I was sad that…

When inaction is odious

We are being inundated this week with the unfolding scandal of Penn State University’s football program and how Joe Paterno and university officials did (or did not) handle revelations of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. The morally abhorrent news continues to come out. PSU students rioted last night because they’re beloved football coach was…