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.
Heir to the Jedi is the first Star Wars book that I’ve read since Disney bought the universe and rebooted the novels with a fresh continuity. I had… Read more “Heir to the Jedi—Review of a Star Wars Novel”
I’ve got a new post at Reformation 21 in which I dissect Ben Carson’s endorsement of Donald Trump. … I’m sure Ben Carson is a nice man, but… Read more “Endorsing Trump: Ben Carson’s Fallacious Reasoning”
Reformation21 has my review of Risen, the Joseph Fiennes movie about a Roman soldier trying to find out the truth behind the disappearance of Jesus’ body. The… Read more “Review of “Risen””
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.