"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian

Heresy? I’ve been accused and would be happy to face my accuser(s).

Aaron: First, thanks for asking the question. This is the kind of conversation that brings lurkers to the BHT. Discussing the nuances of theological fine points drives even Fellows (me) away. I’m not angry with God at the moment, so I have nothing to add to the conversation, but I appreciate all you guys who […]

I talked to my dad this evening and asked him how long he’s been hearing the Alpine Ghost Train. He said, “ever since we’ve had the the place”, which is 20 years. Tomorrow, I will attend the Alpine community chapel, (an outdoor worship service for the entire community), and will ask the old-timers the same […]

I gotcher “interesting” right here…

You want interesting? I heard a freakin’ GHOST TRAIN on Thursday night. I heard something that I couldn’t possibly have heard, but I did. Six of us heard it. We asked around town and other people heard it too. It has been happening for YEARS. Something generated sound waves that struck my eardrums, setting up […]

Ghost Story

Apparently I write like David Foster Wallace and Cory Doctorow. I have no idea who either of those two are. Who are my influences? I read all the Harry Potter books, so that’s a lot of JKRowling. I’ve read everything CSLewis ever wrote, I think, (multiple times). I read a lot of Tom Clancy back […]

Michael & Jim

I thought Jim’s last post about Michael was one of the most honest things I’ve read in a while. It’s been almost three months since 11 of stood around Michael’s grave, and I am still pissed about death. I guess I have reached a place of acceptance about him being gone, but I still don’t […]


(If I reference Blackie Sherrod,  will anyone here know what I am talking about? Maybe PWinn & Kurt? Maybe?) Summer Reading I have devoured Nassim Taleb’s “Fooled by Randomness” and “The Black Swan“. The ideas contained in these two books are profound, disturbing and very, very liberating. For some reason, these books occasionally get labeled […]

Funeral Thoughts

I attended another funeral last night. The sister of a good friend woke up dead May 16th. She had a 5 y/o daughter. It was the most depressing funeral I have ever attended. The family has no fath to speak of. The sister went off the rails several years ago and never got back ON […]

Science Creates New Life Forms

I’ve watched all weekend, hoping someone else would reference  this, but no one has. Last week, it was announced that Craig Venter and his team have built the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporated it into a cell to make what they call the world’s first synthetic life form On the one hand, […]

Jesus and the Greek Riots

Greek rioters burned a bank yesterday. Three people trapped inside died. What do you pastors say to your people in times like this? Does Jesus-shaped spirituality have any application here? I mean, theology is fun as an intellectual exercise, but people are being killed. What do you do? What do you say? “Be warmed and […]