An Appreciation of Jane Kenyon on First Reading

Train up your children in the way they should go and when they are older they will teach you things you should know. So it is with my daughter Mary Kate who suggested I read Jane Kenyon. What follows is not scholarly or based on knowledge, but the emotional reaction of a man loving poetry [Read More...]

Did America become a Christian nation in the Fifties?

My newsfeed has two kinds of common historically inaccurate stories. Members of my own Faith often exaggerate the Christian nature of the American Founding and experience while secularists keep writing that America was never a Christian nation. Lately the secularists have taken to arguing that America became particularly “Christian” in a civil religion sense during [Read More...]

Why I am not a Nihilist: First Thoughts

I want the truth even if the truth hurts. Oedipus was told by the prophet that he could not handle the truth, but asked for it in any case. He could not handle it and ended up blinding himself. And yet the truth was the truth and Oedipus was right to learn it. Being a Christian [Read More...]

He is Risen Anyway (Bad Easter becomes Good Easter)

We are all bad before Easter. We do what we wish we did not do. We allow greed, lust for power, and hate to consume and kill our souls. We all should have a bad Easter, but nobody need end that way. We all can have a good Easter because this Pascha feast is for [Read More...]

Worrying about the Dead Guy (Bad Easter Part VII)

Jesus was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The guarantee of his death was the brutality of the Romans, the Sanhedrin, the Sadducees, and the chief leaders. Pilate did it: and Pilate was good at crucifixion, something he often chose to put his hand to.  Jesus was dead and his [Read More...]

Selling Jesus for Money (Bad Easter Part VI)

Judas did the great evil for a petty payoff. Every filmmaker and every novelist try to make Judas Iscariot more complicated than he appears in the Gospel. This student of Jesus traveled with the greatest man of history and sold him out for thirty pieces of silver. That is not very much money for your [Read More...]

I am not worthy! (Bad Easter V)

There is great pride in false humility and one way to have a bad Easter is to reject what Jesus wishes to do for you. It isn’t that Jesus will smite you, but that you will have harmed yourself by choosing to cut yourself off from joy, mercy, and healing. If you wish to be [Read More...]

Lazarus Is Alive, Let’s Kill Him! (Bad Easter Part IV)

Occasionally I meet someone who hates Christianity who also wants to see a miracle and usually has a particular miracle in mind. If I do this particular party trick, then they would believe! Reason is not enough. Revelation is not enough. They demand a greater sign than creation and personhood. I am thankful that God has not given [Read More...]

Irritated with Ferguson and Nazareth (Bad Easter Part III)

Prejudice is not new to humans, no sin is. Our racial prejudice in America is a pseudo-scientific spin on the human sin in hating and exploiting someone different than the favored group. For most of history, this prejudice has happened on religious, ethnic, or social grounds. Social status can be marked in many ways and [Read More...]

Grifters in the Temple (Bad Easter Part II)

Christianity attracts grifters like a church picnic in Houston attracts mosquitos. Like mosquitos, the church grifters go where food is to be found and their lifeblood is money and power. The grifter, Harold Hill in the Music Man is an example, makes his living through sideshow fraud. He also has a big dream and a [Read More...]