Happy Birthday Hope

Today is Hope’s birthday . . . not the virtue, which has been with us since God had a thought about us, but the woman: Hope Elizabeth Lancy Reynolds. She does not like it when I make private praise public, so let me stop the sappiness and merely wish her a wonderful day, turning instead to [Read More...]

Let Goods and Kindred Go

Here is an obvious truth of the Christian faith: you cannot serve money and God. Money is a tool for humanity, but a particularly tricky one to use. Few get a hammer and then become so enamored with hammers that they collect more than they will ever need to pound nails. Money is entrancing because [Read More...]

Right Practice: the Blood of Martyrdom

The Copts are not in communion with mainstream Christian churches (Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic). Historically, Coptic leaders had some deficient ideas about the nature of Christ. Maybe. Decades of ecumenical dialogue have done much to heal the wounds of this important division and the actual state of the division is beyond my ability to describe. [Read More...]

Loving Wordsworth, Pity for Byron

Lord Byron was the hot, trendy poet who could afford to mock poor William Wordsworth and his Lake Country set. Byron was young, splendid, and “naughty.” Like Bill Clinton, Byron knew how to stage a scandal that hurt everybody but Byron. Wordsworth was not dashing, more diffident, laboring away on the preface of a great [Read More...]

To the Martyrs

Known of God, loved by God, alive in God: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. Thy martyrs Martyrs [Read More...]

“All You Gotta Do”

My wise mother says as a boy I viewed all problems as easily solvable. “All you gotta do,” I would say to her and then make the complicated overly simple. The solutions were not even always wrong, just ignorant of the unintended consequences of the change.  Mom taught me that solutions are often worse than the [Read More...]

Don’t Be NICE: Advise the Presidential Candidates on President’s Day

Tomorrow is the worst holiday in the secular calendar: Presidents’ Day. We do not have a Supreme Court Day or a Congress Day because it is all about the presidency. Our new imperial presidency demands we honor not just the great leaders, Washington and Lincoln, but James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover. There was a discussion [Read More...]

When We Have Been There Ten Thousand Years . . .

Here is bad news: God exists. Why is this bad news? Someone is watching and it seems more than a little scary that He sees us when we are sleeping, he knows when we are awake. We are never alone and this, at least initially, horrified me. Here is better news: God is good, all [Read More...]

Good for Scott Walker, Maybe Not Good for You, Maybe

Clashing bad ideas on college fill my social media provoked by Scott Walker. Like Washington, Lincoln, and Truman, but also like several neighborhood bums now watching Netflix everyday in their parent’s dens, Scott Walker did not finish college. Defenders of Walker are right to say that college is not for everyone and that a great [Read More...]

Missing the Dead

I miss my Auntie Karen: gone so long. I miss my grandfathers’ example and friendship: Papaw Earl played a great game of checkers and Papaw Shelby was a master story teller. I miss my grandmothers’ practical wisdom: Nana could create an “alternate” world when we played together and Granny was wonderful at creating restful space [Read More...]