Desiring God

A few days ago, Francis Beckwith asked the musical question: Where did all these Calvinists come from? It seems that Calvinism is gaining ground in Evangelical circles (usually under the name "Reformed Theology"), and some of the older members of that community have been wondering why. The article Beckwith links to gives a number of sources, and one of them takes me back to a bygone era.The book in question is Desiring God, by John Piper. I first ran across this book fifteen or so years … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: The Bells

A little something for Halloween.IHear the sledges with the bells - Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night! While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells - From the jingling and … [Read more...]

Dinner at Deviant’s Palace

Today only, Amazon has made Tim Powers' early novel … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The Chasuble Project

The Chasuble Project's unique style of liturgical music, based on a unique fusion of Gregorian chant, vernacular texts, and modern jazz, has gotten them attention from music directors from all over the Catholic world. The Project's mass settings are scored for schola and jazz combo, the combo usually consisting of jazz piano, electric bass, and drum set; however, their more experimental settings have included everything from crumhorns* to dual electric xylophones. Albums include The Birth of … [Read more...]


Welcome to all of the Anchoress' readers who have popped over here due to her post today! She seems to have said everything necessary about me (and more than I would have, I think), so I'll just say "Hello!"Oh, and please don't let the dog out. … [Read more...]

Kindle Matchbook

I've seen this all over the web today. Amazon has just opened a new program called Kindle MatchBook. If you buy certain books, you can get the e-book for a greatly reduced price (from $2.99 down to $0). More than that, the deal applies to any books you've ever bought from Amazon in the past, provided that they are on the list. Just go the above link, and check; Amazon knows what you've purchased. (Big Brother is watching you, and he has Really Good Deals!)Amazon listed three books for me, … [Read more...]

Righteously Bad Theology

As the Anchoress noted a couple of days ago, a server in Overland Park, Kansas went to pick up a check after restaurant patrons had eaten, and found this message on the bill:Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is … [Read more...]

Peter Follows and Leads

Tom McDonald points out how it's supposed to work: first you sit at the feet of Christ, and then you share the message with others. It's an outstanding post; you should go read the whole thing. … [Read more...]

Those Ads

Just so everything is clear: I don't pick the ads that pop up on the margins of my blog. Further, they change constantly; I'm sure people have seen many ads on this page that I have never seen myself. So...if you see an ad that seems really inappropriate on a Catholic blog, take a screen shot of it, and send it to me. I can forward it to Patheos, and it can be dealt with. … [Read more...]