What the East can Learn From The West

East lears

 Even though much of my own theology is influenced more by Eastern theology than Western theology, I have chosen to remain a Western Christian and joined the Latin rite when I entered the Catholic Church. I remained a Western Christian because I am a child of the West, and I truly believe that God has done some amazing things in the West. I did not want to turn my back on the rich tradition and language that formed so much of my own identity and within the Catholic Church I learned to … [Read more...]

Like Pope Francis, the Church breathes with one lung.

One Lung

There are few things in the World that break my heart as much as reading about the tragic moments in the Church’s history that have caused schism. Perhaps the greatest wound the church has endured is the severing of its Eastern and Western lungs, the schism of the East from the West.For nearly 1,000 years, half of our history, the West has lived divorced from the wisdom of much of the Eastern Church, and Most of the Eastern Churches have lived divorced from the wisdom of the West. The wounds … [Read more...]

You’ll be inspired by this Catholic nun

Sewing Hope

I'm not sure if you caught the interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe on the Colbert Report. In it she talks about abductions in Africa, and how important it is for people to care. Sister Rosemary was such a joy and an inspiration in the video I thought I would share it with you all here: Sister Romemary was listed as one of Time's 100 most influential people. They write of her: In Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a s … [Read more...]

Poetry is Sane – G.K. Chesterton

Poetry is Sane - GK Chesterton

One of the books that changed my life is Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. It was the first book of Chesterton's that I read, but certainly not the last.  The part of the book which has made the largest impact on my own life is a section where he compares the logician to the poet. I decided I would turn that section into a picture so I could share it on my Pintrest. I thought you all might like it too, so I have included it here for you as well. If you want to read the section in it's entirety I en … [Read more...]

Reviewsday Tuesday: The Age of the Spirit

Phyllis tickle Age of the Spirit

Over the weekend I read through Phyllis Tickle's new book The Age of the Spirit. For those who don't know Tickle, she is considered by many to be the godmother of the emergent church movement. She has traveled the country preaching that the church is in the midst of a new epoch which she has called "The Great Emergence." This book is a continuation and deepening of her previous work on this subject. In this book Tickle traces seeks to look back at church history to try to make sense of where we a … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to affirm the Trinity

7 Reasons

This week I wrote an Article for Theologues talking about the "Seven Reasons I believe in the Trinity." I hope you will take a look! Here is an excerpt: I believe in the Bible. I find it is a beautiful book and when rightly divided it is a reliable rule for what I believe and how I behave. However there are a great deal of things I believe in which are not explicitly mentioned in the scriptures. Chief among these is the doctrine of the Trinity. Although the word trinity is never mentioned … [Read more...]

Yale offers a free course on the Old Testament


As I have written about before, I love to spend my free time listening to lectures and podcast about religion, theology and the Bible. I thought I would let you all know that Yale has recently posted a fascinating series of lectures on the Old Testament. I have been really enjoying the course so far. There are 24 classes, and each one is 45 minutes long. I thought I would share one video. They are taught by Dr. Christine Hayes, author of The Emergence of Judaism.I found the following video t … [Read more...]

Why I don’t support the Keystone pipeline


Last week  the Obama Administration unveiled the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)—the "most comprehensive, authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the United States and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century." What is shows is the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change.Of course there have been some who have expressed some skepticism, to which John Oliver responded with hila … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Tolkien Fan

Francis tolkein

I love The Lord of the Rings. I love the mythology, the lore, the songs, the poetry, the drama, the characters, the world, the races, the battles, the romance, the themes, and the style. There are few things I love more than reading through a chapter of the story. LOTR is one of those books that I can open to any page and enjoy because I know the story so well. I have read through the book numerous times. I have adapted the story for my children. I love it!Because I am such a Tolkien nerd, … [Read more...]