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How The Last Jedi Restored My Faith in Star Wars

I love Star Wars. From the first time seeing “A long time ago” appear in blue letters on the movie screen, I was hooked. As a kid, I collected almost every action figure and play set that Kenner toys ever made. It captivated my… Continue Reading “How The Last Jedi Restored My Faith in Star Wars”

The Prodigal Son, with a Twist

I’m always grateful to be a part of the #sharejesus video series, produced by Redeemed Online. I’m also really glad that after I did the video they took a nice picture of me (which you can see on this site), since I’ve yet to… Continue Reading “The Prodigal Son, with a Twist”

In memoriam of my beard, 2004-2016

“Hey, where’s the beard?” I’ve been getting that question a lot lately as I show up at different events. It is usually followed by, “Why aren’t you wearing a bow tie?” Fear not, citizens. The bow tie is alive and well. I wear it… Continue Reading “In memoriam of my beard, 2004-2016”

Grateful for the Steubenville Conferences

The fact that I’ve done over 140 Steubenville summer conferences really blows my mind.

When the Internet isn’t Enough

PHOTO: Me and Clayton Farris, who plays “Sonny”, on the “Ask J” set.  There was a time when adolescence was considered to be a moment of asking the Great Questions in life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why is there suffering… Continue Reading “When the Internet isn’t Enough”

A Doctor in the House

I’m flying high from a successful defense of my dissertation yesterday. Literally, I’m flying on a plane home from England as I’m writing this. And by the way, that is the proper use of the word “literally” because 1) it is not a metaphor… Continue Reading “A Doctor in the House”

Unanswered Questions from Theology on Tap

Last week I had a great time in Cleveland speaking at a Theology on Tap. I was asked to talk about, “Proclaiming Christ to a Pagan World”. There were so many questions I didn’t have time to answer them! So I said I’d put… Continue Reading “Unanswered Questions from Theology on Tap”

A Parable about a Man and a Moose

A few years ago I was invited to be a part of an “Evangelization and Outreach” task-force that Franciscan put together. Barbara Nicholosi, a scriptwriter from LA (among other many talents), was brought in to discuss how we might create different kinds of media to evangelize… Continue Reading “A Parable about a Man and a Moose”

I’m Alive Again!

Jesus has risen from the grave! And so have I! Yes, this has always been true in the spiritual sense, but “resurrection” has meant for more me this year. As many of you know, I’ve been toiling away at my dissertation for the past… Continue Reading “I’m Alive Again!”

My Thoughts on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I have had many ask about what I thought about the new Star Wars movie, so I’ll take a brief break from my dissertation work to share a few thoughts. Here is my spoiler free summary: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fun, action-packed, and wonderful… Continue Reading “My Thoughts on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens””