All the Mistakes That Had to be Made

There aren’t many places less comfortable, less restful, less conducive to healing than a hospital, at least not many allowed by the Geneva Convention. So, when my four-year-old daughter had to go into one for minor surgery recently, we expected an experience that was akin to being held captive overnight in a compound of obsessive/compulsive vampires who have an affinity More …

Adoption Nesting: Just Like Regular Nesting but with Less Nausea

We’re deep into the waiting period for our adoption, where all of the preliminary paperwork is finished and we’re biding our time until we’re matched with a baby. So, we’ve started to focus on all the things that you have to do to get your house and your family and your life ready to receive a new child. My wife More …

Stripping with Stormy Daniels

The reason people can box for sport and exercise is that everybody agrees to a set of time-honored rules beforehand. Because of those rules, sparring can look like fighting, but it’s not really a fight because the participants aren’t trying to hurt or kill each other. So, everybody can get in shape and hone their skills without fearing for their More …

Forgiveness v. Celebration

Goodness knows, I don’t want to seem like a jerk, and I’m all about forgiveness and second chances and all that stuff. But can someone explain to me why we’re all supposed to be rooting for Tiger Woods now? I’m a golf fan, so I’ve been watching sports media this season as Tiger has edged his way ever closer to More …

Thoughts and Prayers and Materialism

In the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting, there’s been lots of anger and vitriol, including some people engaging in America’s hottest new pastime: making fun of religious people. It seems like people are now waiting to pounce on the first person to offer “thoughts and prayers” after a tragedy, and pounce they did after Parkland, taking to Twitter More …

Stumble Through the Bible – Episode 2: Vengence!

In episode 2, we look at the relationship between the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and one of the all-time great Nicholas Cage paycheck movies, Con Air. As always, if you have thoughts of your own on this passage, or ideas for future stumbling, I’d love to read about it in the comments.

Adoption Training: How to Not Ruin Your Children!

As part of our adoption journey, our agency provided a two-day seminar on parenting adopted children. Not knowing what to expect, I was relieved when we walked into the conference room and were greeted with one of the most comprehensive selections of snack items that I have ever witnessed. From Sister Schubert’s rolls to Gummi Bears and everything in between, every More …

Stumble Through the Bible – Episode 1

If you’re like me, you want to study the Bible, but you’re afraid to turn the pages because of the thick coating of Cheetos cheese dust on your fingers. Also, typical Bible studies leave you feeling bland and empty, like you went to Dreamland Bar-B-Q but you had to eat a picture of a rack of ribs. I’d like to More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The Final Tally

I am badly delayed in giving the final results of our 2017 reading competition. I apologize, but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been caught up with another competition. More …

Comfort and Joy Comes Later

Doug Wilson explains that a little, tiny, soft baby was born to deliver to a hard gospel: More …

Some Final Thoughts on the Great Alabama Republican Self-Wedgie of 2017

As a coda to the recent special election for senator in Alabama, I have some thoughts on watching the whole thing descend into the worst Benny Hill skit ever. This was the most issue-free election I have ever witnessed, or even heard about. There were more trenchant policy discussions when Betty ran against Veronica for Riverdale student body president than More …

Ann Althouse May be the Only Commentator Who Understands the Alabama Senate Election (Update: The Federalist too)

Because this is it, in a nutshell: More …

A Christian Perspective on Black Friday

[Here’s my annual repost of my Black Friday thoughts. Real-world Black Friday is becoming less of a thing, but I think the same sentiments hold true for Cyber Monday and whatever comes after that, like maybe “Alexa-Reads-Your-Thoughts-and-Teleports-Gifts-to-Your-Loved-Ones Tuesday.” Anyways, hope everyone has a great holiday. – j] I used to say that Christmas was a month-long holiday that started the More …

Looking in the Wrong Direction

Everybody has been having a lot of fun lately ridiculing not only Roy Moore but also anyone who would vote for Roy Moore. In the process, many have taken advantage of a great chance to show off their exquisitely fine-tuned sense of morality as people who wouldn’t consider voting that degenerate hillbilly now, even though they weren’t going to vote More …

“Fixer Upper” and Term Limits

As much as I hate the idea of lifer politicians holding an office until the day they die, I’ve always been against the idea of term limits, for two simple reasons. First, if I love Joe Incumbent and I want to keep voting for him over and over until he’s had to file a lawsuit so that his brain in More …

And Now… Adoption

We had been married about two years, and things were truckin’ right along, when my wife Rachel said to me, “I think it’s time for us to have a baby.” My eyes widened and pupils dilated a little bit. “What? Really? Are you sure? Are we ready to take care of a baby?” Clearly, I was a little apprehensive. But More …

Remembering Hugh Hefner, Pioneer in the Marketing of Meat and Meat-Related Products

One of the most insidious lies of the progressive left is the one about “the arc of history.” Whenever anyone uses that phrase, the unspoken premise they’re trying to push on you is that the course of history is set, and its end point is already determined. Any time the culture changes in a liberal direction, it’s because such change was More …

We’re About to Send a Crazy Man to the Senate, and I’ve Never Been Prouder to be an Alabamian

Roy Moore won the runoff for the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama. He won after being outspent by his primary opponent, Luther Strange, by a margin of 5 to 1. And he’s probably going to win the general election by about 20 points. (I love the post-runoff speculation by people who haven’t been right about anything in about two More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown! – The August Review: The Beginning of the End

Here, I’m forced to be brutally honest with myself. Any hope I had of winning this contest was always a lie. I had a great August; I read six books (six!), most of them really good. And I didn’t make up any ground at all. JASON READ: RACHEL READ: The Connected Child The Sound of Gravel Surely You’re Joking, Mr. More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – The Kingdom of Speech

This book takes the pole position for Best Book I’ve Read This Year. What’s it about? Well, it’s a brief overview of the history of linguistics, and an explanation of how the existence human speech exposes a major gap in Darwin’s theory of evolution, a gap that causes Darwinists no end of consternation. Sounds like gripping page-turner, right? Actually, it More …