Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Creative and Inquisitive Loved Ones

As Christmas draws near, you may be brainstorming about what gifts you'd like to give your loved ones. For those of you with creative and inquisitive friends or relatives, finding the right gift for them can feel daunting. If you want a special, unique, or creative gift to show your loved ones how much you care, consider a class or membership instead of a sweater! These are the types of experiences that people don't always want to buy for themselves, and can be a thoughtful way to give them something they might not otherwise try. I have several current and upcoming options that would make excellent and unique gifts this Christmas. You cannot get these anywhere else.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Support PhiloLogos: Become a Patron and Get Cool Rewards!

I launched PhiloLogos in 2010 with the goal of creating a place to share my writing and music. It has grown more than I expected, and the response from you, the readers, has been extremely supportive. Many of you have expressed a desire to read and here more. So that's what I want to do - create and share more. There is now a new way that you can help me do that, called Patreon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Superstition Has Not Made Kansas City Great; Love Has [CAPC]

My hometown of Kansas City, Missouri is hot right now, mainly because the Royals are hot right now. One of the reasons why the Royals currently have such massive appeal is because they were so awful and despised for so long; America loves a comeback story. But the Royals’ recent success is not merely an isolated matter of luck and timing. Their success is taking place in the context of a much bigger story of what has been happening in Kansas City over the last couple of decades — and it goes much deeper than baseball or even sports. As a lifetime KC resident, I can tell you that when President Obama recently remarked, “Something is going on in Kansas City,” he was right. And this “something” is more interesting and mysterious than people realize.

Read the rest of my article over at Christ and Pop Culture.

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Image via Ian Munroe (license).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Cure for Beauty: How a Quest for Beautiful Music Turned Into Something Greater [CAPC]

Ever since high school, the beauty of music has been the primary thing to transport me and give me a deep sense of meaning and wonder. So much so, that I immersed myself into music, started a rock band, and took a shot at being a career musician. I wanted my life to be musical—I wanted it to be like the perfect song... It wouldn’t be until years later that I would realize it was not music I was chasing all that time, it was beauty.

Read the rest of my story over at Christ and Pop Culture.

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Illustration courtesy of Seth T. Hahne. Check out his graphic novel and comic review site, Good Ok Bad.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

16 Reasons Why I Believe In God: (11) Beauty

Have you ever experienced something so beautiful that you felt as though it deserved your adoration? Perhaps it was a work of art, a song, a sunset, or the smile of a loved one. I've experienced that many times.

The feeling that such experiences evoke in us is not merely one of subjective, individual taste. Rather, it is a strong conviction that the thing (or person) we are beholding is objectively beautiful, and therefore worthy of praise and appreciation. In the moment that we are transfixed by beauty, we no longer believe the cliche, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Nor do we believe that beauty is merely a cultural construction instilled in us by society. Rather, in that moment, we are firmly convinced that beauty is "out there." If materialism is true, however, beauty is not out there - it is all in our head (or our DNA). In other words, if God does not exist, then beauty is merely an illusion.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Want Help With Songwriting?

I've been writing songs for about 20 years. It's exhilarating! There's really nothing like the joy of creating an original work of music and lyrics.

Over the years, I've personally coached others, and sometimes teach songwriting classes. I'm now making these services available to anyone online.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Sermon On Beauty

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at Bridgeport Community Church, where my wife and I call home. I spoke on "The Source of All Beauty." Those of you that are following my "16 Reasons..." blog series might find the sermon interesting - it's a little preview of what's to come in the next few posts of the series. I hope you find it helpful and encouraging.

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