On the Search for the Spiritual

How to Deal with that “Forever Empty” Feeling

October 10, 2015 In the first broadcast on the Immaculate Heart Radio Network, Don talks to former atheist professor Holly Ordway about how she became Catholic and discusses why even the most successful people struggle with emptiness in their lives. Links to go with... read more

Almost Here

At long last, the end is in sight! Convinced is nearing the end of post production and we will have an official release date by mid-July. Stay... read more

7 Reasons I Enjoyed God’s Not Dead

  I took my very-soon-to-be-teenage daughter to God’s Not Dead last night. Is it a perfect film? Of course not. (Calvin Moore has a good take on some of the movie’s weaknesses here.) But the bottom line is that I’m glad we went. It was a good reminder of some... read more

A Call to Real Life and True Love

The Don Johnson Show 2-14-14 Don and Brandon discuss the shallowness of contemporary life and how the "hook-up culture" is missing out, not only on love, but even on sex. Don quotes from Dwight Longenecker's new book The Romance of... read more

Why the Super Bowl is America’s Biggest Religious Event

The Don Johnson Show 1-17-14 Don and Brandon talk about how we celebrate the Super Bowl, why it has become the biggest party of the year in the United States, and what that tells us about being human. Along the way they discuss the nature of liturgical practices and... read more

Five Ways We Try to Deal with the Problem of Longing

“Underneath everything in your life there is that thing, that empty — forever empty. You know what I'm talking about?” - Louis C.K. to Conan O'Brien Considering that over 5 million people have viewed this interview on YouTube, I think the answer is clearly, "Yes!" We... read more

Louis CK on Dealing with That Forever Empty Feeling

The Don Johnson Show 9-27-13 Don and Brandon discuss a very interesting interview from The Conan O'Brien Show. Louis CK explains how sometimes people should just get quiet and cry out in despair because of the fact that life is "all for nothing and you're alone."... read more

Terrorism and the Search for Meaning

The Don Johnson Show, 4-29-13 Don discusses the idea that the Boston Marathon bombers may have been motivated to become Islamists because it provided their life some meaning. He analyzes the various ways people respond to the void we all feel in our hearts. Some links... read more

Death, Taxes, and the Unexamined Life

Benjamin Franklin famously said that nothing in the world can be said to be certain except death and taxes. As April 15th quickly approaches, I assume most of us have recently put at least some thought into the subject of taxes. However, how much have you pondered... read more

What Keeps People from Asking the Big Questions of Life?

Do you think much about the big questions of life? Do you spend much time considering why we are here or what has gone wrong with the world? Have you examined various answers to possible solutions to that problem or wondered how we should live as a result? Do you have... read more

The Uniquely Personal and Immanent God of Christianity

In my last post, I argued that there is no need to deny similarities between Christianity and other religions. I also promised a post or two on the fact that Christianity is also very distinct from other religions. Here is the first. One unique aspect of Christianity... read more