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I live in Nashville with my wife, Alexandra Sciaretta Dorman. Drop me a line: ericdsdorman@gmail.com, Twitter: @ericdsdorman

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    Of Cubs and Humans and Good Thieves

    Of Cubs and Humans and Good Thieves

    Wrigley Field is one of America’s sacred spaces. Even if one prefers a different team, no morally serious person dislikes the Cubs, and thousands of Americans every year take pilgrimages to The Friendly Confines. That’s partly why stealing a ball intended for a child at Wrigley produces such outrage. For a lot of Americans, it’s […]

    Sin is Behovely

    Sin is Behovely

    Lent is over — hallelujah — but its scent lingers. The first weeks of Easter can be confusing. On the one hand, there’s jubilation, joy, a feeling of liberation, celebration. It’s all warranted. But after Lent, and especially after Good Friday, Easter feels a little out of place (which is fitting). After dwelling for several […]

    Identity and Summer Selfies: A Reminder

    Identity and Summer Selfies: A Reminder

    It’s that time of year again, when all of us at some level look at our bodies and realize that we’ve been more, let’s say, “relaxed” about our health during the colder months. We also see — well, some of us do, anyway — our offensively pale skin or winter-weight and dread the first day […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Twenty Three (and The Tyranny of "The Ought")

    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Twenty Three (and The Tyranny of “The Ought”)

    Terry Cooper defines the idealized self as “an image of what we should be, must be or ought to be, in order to be acceptable.” He goes on, “[It] is born out of the imagination and is quite impossible to actualize. It is a romanticized portrait built on exaggerated self-expectations.” In a recent chapel message […]

    Consider the Grasshopper

    Consider the Grasshopper

    There are more than 11,000 species of grasshopper. The Acrididae family comprises about 10,000 of those species, accounting for nearly all grasshoppers in the United States. They’re harmless creatures, really. Plant-eaters, the lot of them, and many produce a gentle, familiar sound by rubbing the ridges of their hind legs against the edges of their […]

    On Hoping The World Rejects The Gospel

    On Hoping The World Rejects The Gospel

    “Jesus is lord, and everything else is bullshit.” That’s the gospel according to Stanley Hauerwas. It’s a brisk summary of what Paul says in Philippians 3:8-11. Jesus is the end-game and everything else is rubbish (Greek: Σκύβαλον; skubalon; animal feces). So what Hauerwas says is true, but it’s not the whole gospel truth. In a […]

    Pokémon, Pharisees, and the Importance of Play

    Pokémon, Pharisees, and the Importance of Play

    Pokémon GO hit smartphones just over a week ago and it’s already an international phenomenon. In the American market, the game reached No. 1 on the downloads chart in just 13 hours, and according to some vendors, is pulling in $2 million a day. It is already more popular than Tinder and Instagram, and it’s nearly out […]

    Feeding the Beast: Grace for an Outraged World

    Feeding the Beast: Grace for an Outraged World

    Here we are again, face to face with the beast; the beast named “Outrage.” The great Harambe is dead, and someone has to answer for his demise. The furious fingers of the incensed mob permeate the web with posts of “crucify her!” The young boy’s mother is clearly negligent and self-absorbed. How could she lose […]

    Free to be Guilty

    Free to be Guilty

    Alexis Bloomer is impressive. She’s had her own shows on Sirius XM radio and television. She interned under the direct supervision of Dan Rather, and in her “About” section on Facebook, there’s even a quote from his recommendation letter. She’s a go-getter and a God-and-country Texan. Now, she can add another achievement to her résumé: a […]

    Trump Semper Accusat

    Trump Semper Accusat

    Election season is always nasty, brutish and long. This cycle is no different, really, except that it’s worse. There are candidates running now who make some of the folks from the past few elections look like scholars and saints. Bread and circuses, indeed. Of course, the chief offender is Donald Trump, and most of the […]

    #OscarsSoRighteous

    #OscarsSoRighteous

    The 2016 Academy Awards demonstrated once again (in Full HD) that the Oscars are no longer about celebrating filmmaking, but peddling righteousness. It’s a platform for the arbiters of uprightness to parade in front of viewers everything they’re required to care about in order to safeguard their justification. It’s a theater for displaying self-salvation. The […]

    When Everyone's an Expert: Listening to Scripture in the Midst of Uncertainty

    When Everyone’s an Expert: Listening to Scripture in the Midst of Uncertainty

    Cogs in the media machine constantly bombard us with differing perspectives on all matters of public debate. Blogs, newspapers, television, social media sites – thousands of responses and re-responses in discussions about everything. The situation rightly causes us to ask the question: who should we believe? It’s a constant dilemma in the Christian life. Who are […]