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April 03, 2018
The Art of Co-operating with Grace
Writing this on Easter Tuesday, it’s easy to see in the rearview mirror...
February 21, 2018
Become an Olympian, Become an Ascetic
“Everything depends upon God, all Christian life begins with grace, all prayer is inspired...
September 15, 2014
The Lovely, Lovely Thing (Friends of God 6)
Some of our Friends of God shine like the sun, and their names are...
August 18, 2014
The Green Isle Community (Friends of God 5)
The Friends of God were committed to community. While their associations with each other were...
August 15, 2014
Honesty or Heroism? (Friends of God 4)
When we think of the Middle Ages, and we try to imagine the ordeals people...
August 10, 2014
The Atmosphere of God (Friends of God 3)
Imagine running a large organization—a multinational organization—with thousands of employees, complicated networks of incomes and...
March 04, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #5: The Velocity of Holiness
There’s a delicious irony in the fact that one of evangelical Christianity’s favorite phrases—“a long...
February 27, 2014
Neo-Christian Myth #4: The Sweet Tooth of American Christianity
When we study church history, the prevailing tension is one between continuity and ingenuity—between...
August 15, 2013
“It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find...
July 23, 2013
Finding the Way, and Loving the Journey
(A Book Review) As someone who has lived in a one-mile radius for thirty years,...
July 01, 2013
Mean St. Francis
I’ve never seen a St. Francis statue like the one that sits in our back...
June 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Praying Like Elijah
“What a long way it is between knowing God and loving him!” (f. 377) Ultimately,...
June 17, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Setting Our Hearts
I’ve been reading my way through the Old Testament again and have reached the sad,...
June 10, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Diminishing Your Passions or Increasing Your Hunger
In our last Neo-Pascalian conversation, I indicated that fragment 418 held yet another clue to...
May 23, 2013
A Trilogy of Celebrations: 1 + 1 + 1
As a child, I only got two religious holidays—Christmas and Easter—and even then, they were...
May 01, 2013
My House: God’s Favorite Place on Earth
(A Book Review) “Living after you have died is strange.” So Lazarus tells us. An...
April 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Second Step Toward a Make-Believe Faith
I want to begin this part of the conversation acknowledging a comment to my last...
April 16, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The First Step of Make-Believe Faith
We are left with this all-important question: how do we get faith? How do we...
March 19, 2013
Loving Mrs. Turpin, Loving the Grotesque
If I were less ordinary, reading Flannery O’Connor would be more fun. As it is,...
March 12, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Third Order
In our last Pascalian conversation, I left you with fire. And if you’ve had an...
February 25, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Fire
When Pascal died, those who prepared his body for burial found sewn into the lining...
February 18, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Indiana Jones Kind of Faith?
Earlier we took a quick look at a scientific experiment conducted by Pascal in 1646,...
February 12, 2013
Pascal, Ash Wednesday, and the Hidden God
In the Anglican Ash Wednesday ritual, we pray for the grace of true repentance. Repentance...
February 05, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Poised Between Two Worlds
Last week we explored the Jansenist effort to reconstruct Christian community as the fellowship of...
January 29, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Augustinian Problem
In pursuing Pascal, it is not long before we come face-to-face with a conundrum. It’s...
January 21, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Back Story
Okay, this week we’re diving into French history, which might not be your cup of...
January 15, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: A Personality Quirk?
As we pointed out last week, Pascal’s actual scientific and mathematical work has been far...
January 08, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Introduction, from Cones to Gambling
Pascal, this unusual 17th-century giant, seems to be poised to speak again from a distance...
January 05, 2013
Becoming a Neo-Pascalian
Yesterday I wound up the last obligations of my fall courses. This included grading a...
November 28, 2012
According to a Certain Studious Old Man, Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear
I read the Psalms, and I imagine you do too. Many read the Psalms when...
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