I am an assistant professor of history at Houston Baptist University, but this site is where I air my unpopular opinions on popular culture. I think of myself as a joyful pessimist.
Politically, I’m a republican monarchist. Culturally, I’m a bookish Louisianan. Religiously, I’m an Augustinian Baptist.
I grew up in Louisiana, where the best food in the world can be found (although Thailand ranks a close second). I met my wife at LA Tech, we’ve been married for 15 years, and we have four young children. Though we now live in Houston, we still consider ourselves Louisianans. Living in Texas is a lot like being in captivity in Egypt—there’s work to do and the government is rich. Though we’re living in exile now, we make frequent trips across the Sabine River, our River Jordan, to the promised land, a land flowing with gumbo and boudin.
Once upon a time, I did some academic writing. You can read what I think about Augustine, Donatists, and Martyrdom in An Age of Saints? (Brill’s Series on the Early Middle Ages), 2011. I still do some academic stuff every now and then.
Lately I’ve been working on more popular topics. I’m a fairly regular contributor to Reformation 21, The Federalist, and First Things. I was also one of the founding writers on HBU’s blog, Reflection and Choice.
My blog is the place I think out loud.
You can view my full CV.
Today is the first day of the spring semester so I thought I’d give a run down of what we’ll be reading in my classes. Western Civilization I… Read more “What We’ll Be Reading this Spring Semester”
Every now and then, this picture of the universe shows up in my Facebook feed. The universe is a beautiful place, and I like the universe—it’s where… Read more “The Stupidest Picture of the Universe”
The beginning of a new year hasn’t been the time that I traditionally make my plans and set my goals. Since I’m a college professor, I usually think about the year on… Read more “New Year, New Perspective, New Look”
Though I work for Houston Baptist University, this site does not necessarily reflect any views or positions endorsed by the university. All the unpopular opinions are my own.