Nike Gives a Marketing Strategy Seminar

In an amphitheater classroom in a Portland community college, some of the world’s best known brands have gathered to hear the wisdom of all-time brand superstar Nike. The atmosphere is heady with anticipation of the wisdom that will spill forth as the world leader in swoosh-branded things begins to speak.  Nike: I’d like to thank everyone for coming to the More …

Fake News Controversies from 1764

I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin right now. I was interested in it because I enjoyed Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs so much. And while this book isn’t as compelling as the Jobs book (not least because Franklin wasn’t as big of an a-hole as Jobs), I have learned that Franklin bathed more and treated his illegitimate child More …

Stumble Through the Bible – Episode 3: God is a Capitalist

In this episode, we’ll look at how the Bible tells us that God is a capitalist, or at least how He blesses and endorses the idea of capitalism. 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. And as I mention in the episode, More …

The Value of Door-to-Door Canvassing

So, yesterday I’m in the bedroom trying to figure out how to make our TV work better (“Stupid TV! Be more funny!“). Because when you cut out cable, it doesn’t cut out your craving for a steady stream of sweet, sweet televised media, even if it’s only Family Ties reruns and X-Games highlights, and you have to hang an antenna More …

Are People Who Don’t Know Trump Better at Analyzing Him?

You know that guy in your hometown who’s a complete schmuck? Maybe he’s a bigwig in local politics, or the church, or the business community. But whatever he does, he’s a notorious loudmouth and self-promoter. You’d like to just avoid him, but he makes a point of insinuating himself into the middle of every event, and if he’s not there, More …

Life Lessons I Learned on Our Summer Vacation

We’re just back from the big Anderson family trip to the beach, and now we’re into the recovery phase of vacation; washing all the swimsuits, putting away our gathered seashells, and processing the memories. And as we were taught in that great movie Meatballs, what’s a summer vacation for if you can’t bring back a few life lessons? — Worthless More …

Colonel Nicholson Conservatives

We’re well into year two of the Trump presidency, and well past the time when any lingering intramural hard feelings on the conservative side should’ve been smoothed over. That’s how it normally goes — egos get punctured in the primaries, expectations get modified based on who the actual candidate is, and then the winning party unites and gets down to More …

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 …