Dr. Phillip Cary and Robin Phillips on Ancient Faith Today

Back when I used to do a podcast, one of the highlights was the two-part interview I did with Dr. Phillip Cary on Plato and Postmodernism/Virtue. I recently teamed up with Dr.…

Ken Myers, the Practicality of Metaphysics, and the Upcoming Touchstone Conference

For decades I have been spiritually strengthened from Ken Myers’s ministry at the Mars Hill Audio Journal, which offers interviews with a variety of scholars on the most pressing issues of our time.…

Christ not Caesar? Review of “The Essential Church”

In my previous article, I explored some of the questions raised by Grace Community Church’s controversial statement, “Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church: A Biblical Case for the Church’s Duty…

Christ, Caesar, and Political Theology: Background to the Documentary, “The Essential Church”

During the lockdowns of 2020, did the government abuse its authority by claiming power over churches? Who has authority over the church, Christ or Caesar? What does it mean to “render to…

The Artistry of the Machine in the Empire of Desire

“Art imitates nature.” Many take this concept, which goes at least as far back as Aristotle’s Poetics, to mean that artists represent what they find in the natural world like a landscape painter…

Government by Bot

During the period known as “the Enlightenment,” many Europeans entertained a feverish enthusiasm for overturning existing canons of political thought for theories and methods rooted in the axioms of human reason. In…

Devotional Objects of the Neoliberal Regime

From Non-things: Upheaval in the Lifeworld, by Byung-Chul Han, 23-25: “It is not we who use the smartphone; the smartphone uses us. The real actor is the smartphone. We are at the…

The Cost of Bureaucratic Incompetence: How Managerial Mumbo Jumbo Became the New Sophistry

In a December evening in 2008, Harry Markopolos told his wife Faith to go into battle drill. They had rehearsed it many times. If someone entered their premises, he would go down…

Human Trafficking and the Truth About QAnon

Having been involved with rescuers and victims of child trafficking in the Spokane area (see here and here), it has been difficult for me to watch the cultural zeitgeist shift to the…

Struggle is an Opportunity for Growth!

One of the themes I explored in my book, Gratitude in Life’s Trenches, is how we can reframe life’s struggles as opportunities and grow stronger as a result. In chapter 7 I…

The Machine and the Human

The Summer 2023 issue of Salvo Magazine is now on its way to the mailboxes of subscribers (if you do not subscribe, you can fix that by going here). The Summer 2023…

Independence Day and the Meaning of Freedom

Here are some thoughts on the 4th of July that I emailed to my team at work earlier today. This fourth of July is poignant for me, as I celebrate America’s cherished…


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