The Theotokos came to me through the Word #Annunciation

When I was an evangelical, one of the things that everyone kept harping about when conducting Bible studies or preaching or other forms of Christian education was that we had to apply the Bible to our lives. In time, I will perhaps blog more about this, especially when this came to a head when I [Read More…]

I still believe in the streets of academia

This post was inspired by the convergence of three things that seemed to happen at the same time on social media, which for me is real life as far as the academy is concerned: the open letter from Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West on ‘Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression’ regarding [Read More…]

Sloth is not hesychasm

Because those of us in the Byzantine churches practice the Prayer of Holy Ephrem the Syrian both in our daily prayers and in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, we are accustomed to asking the Lord and Master of our lives to drive from us the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle [Read More…]

‘Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders’

I feel like I have been basking in the Uncreated Light of Tabor on this Sunday of Holy Gregory Palamas. It’s been a rather charismatic day for me: when I took communion today, I felt a deep sense of G-d’s presence within me, and it reminded me a lot of the charismatic moments that permeated [Read More…]

I am a terrible hesychast

The Great Fast is supposed to be a yearly revisitation of one’s catechumenate, and it is more than fair to say that I am revisiting mine. It was, after all, during the Great Fast of my catechumenate that I finally stopped being unserious about my possible conversion and got serious. Much of this was because [Read More…]

Hesychasm is about the body

In the Byzantine churches, today is the Sunday of Holy Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki in the fourteenth century. Among many things, Palamas is often seen as the guy who centered for the Byzantine churches the practice of hesychasm, the stilling of the heart as the intellect (Greek nous) enters into the heart through the negative repetition of [Read More…]

The Blog in the Economia of Academic Writing

Yesterday, I had an illuminating conversation with a senior colleague who showed me something about teaching about which I had not thought to articulate. She said that if I were to think about it, there are really three genres of teaching: the large lecture (200 people), the small lecture (30-40), and the seminar (5-15). The [Read More…]

To be intellectually chaste

A trusted friend told me over the last week that my writing – both published and unpublished – was beginning to feel a little restless, a little rushed, even a bit feverish in its production of joy, excitement, and enthusiasm. It would be tempting to blame this on the Asian American evangelicals with whom I [Read More…]

Why I Blog (Part 3): the Chinglican gag on A Christian Thing

This is the third post in a series on why I blog with no authority. Previous posts include the first post explaining why I needed to write this series and a second post on how I started out blogging without any concept of what the public sphere was. Around the time that I was really [Read More…]

I went to a student recital, and the intensity of the music-making destroyed any notion that classical music is about the model minority

It is to the credit of two Northwestern freshmen’s social media skills that I ended up attending their joint freshmen recital at the Bienen School of Music. The reminder from Facebook kept on coming up, and halfway into the day of preparing next quarter’s syllabi, grading furiously, and writing up a storm for my own [Read More…]