Things We Could Do Better in 2017

As a compliment to my “Best of 2016” post, I thought about doing a “Worst of 2016” post. But then I decided that my web server probably doesn’t have enough storage space for a post that enormous. Also, “Worst of” anything is kind of a downer, and who wants that going into the promise of a new year? Instead, I More …

2017 Literacy Throwdown!

Every year for the last few years, I’ve made a New Year’s resolution to try to read as many books as my wife. And every year she laps me like I’m pushing a shopping cart with a bad wheel on the track at Talladega. This year I decided I was going to get serious and really try to keep up More …

The Best of 2016 — A Longer Post than You Might Think

Knowing the craptaculousness that has marked most of the year, anything that says “Best of 2016” is going to inspire a smirk. Like saying “Best of My Root Canal” or “Highlights of My Bitter, Drawn-Out Divorce.” But even the worst, most miserable experience can have some good come out of it. It usually doesn’t, but it can. This year had plenty More …

Could You Go a Month and a Half without Pay?

I’m a big fan of the idea that there is no separation between the physical world and the spiritual world. They aren’t two different things; they’re two parts of the same thing, both equally real. Physical events affect the spiritual world and spiritual events affect the physical world. Anyways, you see what I’m driving at. Recently, my family got to More …

A Christian Perspective on Black Friday

[Here’s my annual repost of my Black Friday ruminations. Although, as I got my first email about “Black Friday Deals!” the day after Halloween this year, Black Friday looks like it’s becoming less of an event. Maybe one day Black Friday reenactors will gather at malls after Thanksgiving and pretend to beat each other up over a Tickle Me Elmo. More …

You Have Won Nothing; You Have Lost Nothing

Once upon a time, the Christian church dominated the culture in America. People who really didn’t care one way or the other said they were Christians by default. Our art, literature, and conversations were shot through with Christian references and symbolism. When you spoke of the widow’s mite or the battle of Jericho, you could be pretty sure that everybody knew More …

Former Owner of USFL’s New Jersey Generals Gains Access to Nuclear Launch Codes

What just happened? I could not be more amazed if I had turned on the news and seen Bigfoot walk out of the woods and give a press conference where he announced that he was opening a chain of hair salons called “Sassyquatch.” I haven’t been this wrong about anything since that time I let Anthony Weiner borrow my cell phone. More …

A Further Explanation

I recently wrote a post that attempted to demonstrate the awesome scope of the brokenness of our current system. Long story short, I said that, in spite of historic electoral gains at every level of government, if conservatives don’t control the presidency, and therefore the supreme court, then conservatism is doomed. A friend of mine then asked, “Hey genius, if More …

The WWJJD Podcast: Don’t Judge Us, It’s Our First Try

Ever wonder what it would sound like if I did a podcast with my award-winning-educator/counselor/pastor’s-wife/super-mom-of-two sister? Well, wonder no more, because here it is, the inaugural episode of the “What Would Jodi and Jason Do?” podcast, or as the hip kids say, the “Dub-dub-jay-squared-dee.” If you don’t like it, at least it’s not very long! Enjoy! (Intro music by Wildlight)

Wherein I Renounce Conservatism

People don’t vote for ideologies. Regular people, I mean. Voting for something just because it’s the most accurate reflection of some “-ism” is something you’d expect from either a college sophomore or some dead-ender who has political newsletters instead of friends and always ends up in line behind me at Starbucks. Normal people vote based on what works for them. Ideologies are More …

Don’t Give Up on Us, Baby

This election, if it hasn’t brought out the worst in us, has brought out the worst in our opinions of other people. Suspicion of the government — an American tradition and, I believe, a prime indicator of a healthy society — has devolved into suspicion of and contempt for our fellow citizens — a prime indicator that you’re in the next-to-the-last More …

5 Things I Learned: August 2016

1. Let us now praise the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer: In an effort to eat healthier, we’re trying to cut down on carbs. Unfortunately, pasta is made out of carbs, and pasta appears in approximately 150% of our meals. (You haven’t lived until you’ve had Cap’n Crunch Alfredo.) To the rescue comes the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer, a handy little kitchen tool that turns just More …

The Great South o’ Town Church Search!

Last summer my family and I relocated from the suburbs north of Birmingham to the suburbs south of Birmingham so I could be closer to my favorite Waffle House. When you move into a new house in Alabama, your priority tasks are 1) get power and cable TV turned on so you can watch football, 2) find a church, 3) get water turned More …

A Clarification of Our Current Predicament

There are more than a few smart, respectable, level-headed conservatives saying that we have to vote for Trump because that’s the only way to keep the Supreme Court out of Hillary’s hands. It’s an inversion of the “devil you know” argument: the devil we know is the most horrible thing imaginable, so anything else must be better. It’s a compelling argument, for More …

The Joys of Double Parenthood

There’s been a lot of ink spilled about single parenthood in my lifetime. As the number of single parent households went through the roof, a lot of people felt the need to lend them as much moral support as possible. So, for the last few decades we’ve seen a steady stream of odes to single parents — how hard they work, how More …

5 Things I Learned: July 2016

I’m a little late this month, because… 1. Whoever designs Samsung dryers is a sadistic monster: A couple of weeks ago my wife discovered that our dryer was spinning but not drying. Well, that’s not good, I thought, but it’s probably just a bad heating element. No problem, I’ve replaced a dryer heating element before. Let me just check YouTube for More …

A Picture to Remember You

My son Graham is a pretty happy-go-lucky soul. He needs structure and is apprehensive about change just like any other kid, but for a four-year-old he rolls with the punches pretty well. So when he started to pitch screaming fits whenever we tried to drop him off at his preschool or Sunday school class, we wondered what was going on. More …

5 Things I Learned: June 2016

1. Double-check the time on those theater tickets – We backed into some free tickets to Wicked courtesy of my wife’s brother and his wife. It was a Sunday matinee; they told us to meet them at the theater at 1:30 for the 2:00 show. When we got there, there was not another soul in sight. As we made our way up More …

Hey, I’m in a Book!

Author, radio show host, and my internet buddy Jen Fulwiler has put together a new book, and I’m just tickled to be a part of it. Not too long ago, Jen asked a bunch of her blogger friends to write a series of posts, each meditating on a word from the Lord’s Prayer (or the Our Father, as our Catholic brothers More …

A Quick Guide to #Brexit

Occasionally it happens that something you’ve never heard of before suddenly becomes the most important thing in the world. It happened the first time you heard the word “McGriddle,” and now it’s happened again with “Brexit,” which, it turns out, is not the brand name of a Depression-era snack cracker, but rather the decision of voters in Great Britain to More …