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Misplaced Hope

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 08, 2021 at 9:09 PM

I rarely write on politics these days, because I am a pastor. While I have strong political opinions, I keep them to myself. I never want my particular take on the best health care system or the size of COVID stimulus checks to cause someone to disregard what I say about Jesus. But, when a large number of Christians put their hope so profoundly in the wrong places that they are willing to lay siege to the capitol to hold on to that misplaced hope, I must say something not to make a political point, but to make a pastoral one.

Robin Williams Was an Underrated Actor

By Jason Kettinger | Dec 13, 2020 at 2:38 PM

On the release anniversary of one of my favorite Robin Williams films, I want to revisit that film and two other underappreciated films in his career. These films may have been missed by large portions of the viewing audience and so I commend them to your viewing.

Take a Deep Breath (We’re Not in a Constitutional Crisis)

By E. Ryan Haffner | Nov 13, 2020 at 10:34 PM

In his most recent column for Time, David French sounds the alarm under the heading “Only the Right-Wing Media Can Save America From Trump’s Conspiracies.” In fearing the conspiracies of the MAGA-ites, the opposition folks such as French keep creating their own conspiracy theories of sorts that are just as unhelpful. Let’s settle down both wings of the Vast Conspiracy, shall we?

The Electoral Solace

Voters Rejected the Worst Distortions of Trump and Trumpism

By E. Ryan Haffner | Nov 04, 2020 at 11:07 PM

So, here we are. The day after and, much like 2000, with a strong sense of what the end will be but delayed closure on the race. There is plenty of reason to believe when the ballots are crunched and the lawyers’ last shots are fired that there will be a President Biden. That is not the end I wanted – or am even still continuing to hope for – but even if that end comes, I find some solace in two telling aspects of the results we can see.

Lessons from "the Worst Hollywood Chris" and His Friends

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 24, 2020 at 9:07 PM

I do not spend a lot of time reading the buzz about celebrities. I made an exception this week as the social media tempest highlighted (in spite of itself) something important as it raged against Chris Pratt. The controversy is a good reminder about how we should treat others in two different ways we desperately need right now.

My Take on the Vice Presidential Debate

By Jason Kettinger | Oct 09, 2020 at 11:38 AM

In terms of civility, style, and substance, this debate was light-years ahead of the presidential contest last week. I suppose we should be thankful, but it feels perverse to reward those who have lowered the bar enough to finally step over it.

A Horrible Debate Provided Cover for a Horrible Idea

By E. Ryan Haffner | Sep 30, 2020 at 11:42 AM

Joe Biden could easily take the award for the rudest Presidential candidate in debate in my memory. Put the Vice President up against past nominees and that would be nearly undeniable. Except that he was debating the President, who didn’t want to lose out on that award. Most disturbingly, in that melee, the President’s horrid performance allowed one of the worst ideas ever brought up on a debate floor to slide by and it could easily mean we all lose.

I Don’t Want to Vote Biden. Here’s Why I Will.

By Jason Kettinger | Sep 24, 2020 at 9:59 AM

You know, I don’t agree with Joe Biden about abortion, the redefinition of marriage— and it’s important to call it that— and so-called “religious liberty”. I voted for George W. Bush twice. I’m voting for Joe Biden.

I Don’t Want to Vote Trump. Here’s Why I Will.

By E. Ryan Haffner | Sep 08, 2020 at 4:19 PM

I have a confession to make that will make virtually everyone mad. I think Donald Trump is uncouth, has worsened the political discourse in our country and continually says things about everyone from POW’s to immigrants that make me cringe. I am also planning to follow up my 2016 vote for the man with a 2020 vote for the same. Yes, I am amongst the reluctant Trump voters and here’s why.

Sounds Good

The Budget Headphones that Replaced My Beats

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 18, 2020 at 5:45 PM

While traveling last year, I lost my trusty pair of Beats Solo 2 headphones I had used for years; while I had been given a set of AirPods Pro for Christmas and they quickly became my all time favorite headphone option, some situations work better with over-the-ear headphones (for example, audio mixing and recording work) and I found myself in the market for a new pair to replace my Beats. That led me to the Vankyo C750’s; they may just beat my Beats.

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