Pooping Elephants

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!

My friend, Scott Shadrach, passed this story my way:

Crazy Story! I called Dell technical support this afternoon to resolve an audio driver issue. The support rep identified himself as Meshach. I asked him to repeat his name. He repeated, “Meshach.”

I revealed to him my last name “Shadrach.” He immediately connected the dots about the Old Testament story of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego from Daniel chapter 3.

He said, “You want to hear something funny? My cousin’s name is Shadrach Scott.”  I said, “That’s crazy.”  I then said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could find someone with the name Abednego?”

He said, “You want to hear something even funnier? Shadrach Scott’s brother, my other cousin, is named Abednego Scott.”

Well, there you have it. Just another average day in the life of a boy named Shadrach.



I just signed a contract with Leafwood which is the trade publication of Abilene Christian University. 

The advance is modest, but definitely helpful for paying some bills.  Most of all, I am glad to have another publisher that is producing some terrific books, both in style and content.  

Mine is an introduction to the study of history tentatively titled, Making Connections: Discovering the Riches of the Past.  It will be out in Fall of 2021. 


I have wanted to see this for many years, and finally did.  Absolutely great!  I love seeing excellence.  And to think that so many are consumed with excellence when it is only for a perishable wreath?  How much more ought I as a Christian shoot for excellence!  (I Cor. 9:24-27) It also makes me long for churches to be more like a great restaurant.


In many conversations over the years, one thing has proven true with those who struggle with the Christian faith: there are things all these folks believe that are not truly germane to walking with Jesus.  I always mention to the surprise of these folks that if I thought the Christian faith meant some of the things they think it does, I wouldn’t stay within the Christian faith myself.


A terrific introduction to the similarities and differences between Paul and other philosophers.

I have been interested especially in how Christianity interacted with Stoicism. This book has much to offer in that regard. The various contributions are balanced and wise.

Recently, I interviewed C. Kavin Rowe on his influential book, One True Life. There is an entire chapter in Paul and the Giants of Philosophy dedicated to looking at the strengths and potential weaknesses of Rowe’s book. That chapter alone made this book a worthwhile read.