I Walk the Line

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox steals a technologically advanced spacecraft. He’s not actually sure why he does this; he’s President of the Galaxy and th...

Ecce Homo?

Once, when I was teaching music at a Christian college, I was trying to explain some arcane bit of theory when one of the students blurted out, “That’s gay.” “Please,” I ...

Truckin’

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  I (successfully) defended my dissertation in May. It was an interesting if grueling process, and as formative and educational as writing the dissertation w...

Break on Through (To the Other Side)

Not long ago, I had a dream in which I rediscovered what it was like to believe in God — a dreamscape epiphany. It was gone when I woke, of course, but I half-remember the feeling of something &...

To Tell the Old, Old Story

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles...

Bohemian Rhapsody

Marvin stood at the end of the bridge corridor. He was not in fact a particularly small robot. His silver body gleamed in the dusty sunbeams and shook with the continual barrage which the building was...

Building a Mystery

I recently referred to myself as a “postsecular atheist,” which I think might be fairly accurate if I knew what it meant. I’ve been wondering about that. Insisting that I’m tec...

Mr. Jones and Me

Believe in me ‘Cause I don’t believe in anything -Counting Crows I like to think of myself as a fun guy. I crack jokes, I’m easygoing. And I’m not just fun, but funny as well: ...

Santa Fe

“So, forgive me for not remembering this,” Ruthie said to me — my friends Ben and Ruthie live in Cincinnati and I had a chance to visit recently — “but you teach…?&...

Highway to Hell

[Cross-posted at Irritable Reaching] An old boss of mine was fond of saying that he was busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, a metaphor that was never entirely satisfying to me. For...