Top Tens of 2019

For everyone who doesn’t care, here are my three top ten lists in books, albums, and movies and television.

I read many books in 2019, and I could have read even more if I would just finish them. But instead, I chose ten that I particularly enjoyed reading regardless of whether I agreed with everything (as evidenced by including two books with different views on atonement).

I also listened to a great deal of music, and like the books, I listened to many that are older. However, these were the albums I enjoyed listening to most this year–I chose albums because I tend to listen to whole albums.

Finally, I don’t watch a lot of movies, and many of the TV shows I watched, I had seen before. So, I combined the lists with a heavy bent towards things I watched within the last six months. I’m not a critique, so this list is mostly based on enjoyment (although I will argue with anyone on why #9 should be included).

*Disclaimer*: I suggest always checking content advisory guides before consuming books and other entertainment. Some of the content below might contain something you wish to avoid, and at times, it is as easy as skipping one episode in a series (for example, I chose to skip an episode of The Crown).


1. On the Cosmic Mystery of Christ by Maximus the Confessor

2. Philosophical Fragments by Søren Kierkegaard

3. Silence by Shusaku Endo

4. Analyzing Doctrine by Oliver Crisp

5. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

6. Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

7. On the Unity of Christ by Cyril of Alexandria

8. The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

9. Defending Substitution by Simon Gathercole

10. The Day the Revolution Began by N.T. Wright


1. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists

2. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

3. Closer Than Together by Avett Brothers

4. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists

5. AM by Artic Monkeys

6. Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie

7. Revolver by The Beatles

8. Messenger Hymns Live by Matt Boswell

9. KIWANUKA by Michael Kiwanuka

10. Where Eyes Don’t Go by The Gray Havens

Movies and TV

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

2. The Good Place

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

4. Better Call Saul

5. The Crown

6. Spider-Man: Far From Home

7. The Irishman

8. James Acaster Reptoire

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

10. Cuckoo

Thanks for reading! Comment with your favorites from 2019, and give me some recommendations for 2020!


What’s Going On

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post here. Last night I submitted my last essay for the term. I have two final exams in December, and then I’ll be halfway through my degree. Although I’m just a month from Christmas break and the wedding, I’ve got plenty to do in the mean time. This post is really just to describe what’s going on in my life for the next few weeks.


In terms of writing projects, I have plenty to do. I am working on several different papers to submit for publication and essay contests. (I’m currently reading Philosophical Fragments by Søren Kierkegaard over and over again, and I’d encourage everyone to give it a chance, with a helpful commentary by your side!) I’m also writing a book review for a blog affiliated with St. Mary’s College. And I’m reading for and writing my research proposal for PhD applications. And last, but certainly not least, I’m working on some new content for the website!

New Blog Content

Although this website has my name on it, I’d like to share content from other people. I’m not the only person doing research, ministry, or living life, so I thought it would be nice to talk to some other people about their experiences and thoughts on any and every topic that they can share on. Look forward to seeing some new interview content on the blog soon! If you know any interesting people that may want to share some of their thoughts on a given topic, please let me know!

I think that’s about all that is going on with me right now (besides spending time with friends and having American Thanksgiving in Scotland). Leave a comment or message me what’s going on in your life right now! And subscribe to the blog if you’re interested in seeing more content in the future! (You can do that to the right of this post.)