I, Thou & Adolf Hitler


 “I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.”—  - Adolf HitlerI had often sensed it. Yes I have. But Martin Buber plainly and expertly put it into words. While reading Emery de Gaal's brilliant theological/philosophical biography of Pope Benedict XVI, The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI: The Christocentric Shift, I came across the reference to Buber's 1923 influential work, I and Thou. I had never heard of it before. In it, Buber propos … [Read more...]

Revisiting A Simple Truth: “Jesus Is Still Lord”


Supper at Emmaus by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioYears ago, during my highbrow adolescent period reading books like The Scandal Annual or Man Suffocated By Potatoes, I came across an anecdote that has never left me. As the story goes, a Pittsburgh Steeler player was being interviewed after a devastating loss in a pivotal game. Approached by the journalist about his emotions in the wake of the defeat, the player smiled, looked him square in the eyes and said, "Jesus is still Lord." And … [Read more...]

Dante, The Inferno & the Pursuit of the Straight Path


 "At the mid-point of the path through life, I found  Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way Ahead was blotted out." - Dante Alighieri And so would begin one of the best known epic poems ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. It had been years since I read extended excerpts assigned to us by Mrs. Holthaus in our 11th grade Humanities class. The poem is broken down into three sections, Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Heaven). Each section is furthe … [Read more...]

What I Am Dying To Read…


 Hi. My name is Tod Worner. And I am dying to read a book.Now, don't misunderstand me. I am reading an immense amount right now. And I have no shortage of extraordinary books in my library (cue aristocratic tweaking of waxed moustache tip). It's just that, at this point in time, what I WANT to read and what I HAVE to read are two different things. You see, I am studying for my Internal Medicine Board Recertification Exam which is a once in ten year test. While clinical practice aff … [Read more...]

Regarding My Wife & Peyton Manning (Revisiting A Greatest Hit on #Patheos5Yrs)


Author's Note: In honor of Patheos' 5 Year Anniversary, I wanted to share my most popular post. In all honesty, there is no way I ever conceived that this essay would ever get the traffic it did. But I think I figured it out. It's about the decent character of Peyton Manning. It's about the discerning judgment of my wife. And it's about me - the dorky husband who finally "got it". I hope you enjoy it once again.    Pause. There was a pause. My wife may deny it, but it was there. Oh, it was t … [Read more...]

Why Didn’t Christ Fight Back?


 Holy Week is over. And what a week it was (and always is). Time off from work and school, family reunions, Easter dinners, eggs and overfilled baskets make the week a short, merry respite from everyday life. But there comes a time when all the dust settles and we are asked to reckon with the immense spiritual odyssey our God crammed into this one short week. Rightly considered, Holy Week can never fail to leave me vertiginous as I proceed from supreme heights to bottomless depths and … [Read more...]