Knowing Pain, Growing in Pain

Christianity reserves all sexuality to the act of marriage, but not everyone can get married in the Faith. Millions of Christians will never get married, because nobody wishes to marry them or the people they love do not want to marry them.* As the number of people getting married in the West declines, and as we marry [Read More...]

Canaanite Prize: Who will win this year?

Noah is in the news. He is famous for his ark and the grace he found in the eyes of the Lord, but his struggle with drunken behavior is less well known. A man who saw the world before the Flood destroyed it evidently could not face life in the wreckage and so he drank, [Read More...]

The Problem of “Pamela” for Pamela

Pamela is an early English sort-of-novel showing the triumph of the virtue of Pamela: one of the more insufferable characters ever to appear in literature. For those tempted to believe that Elsie Dinsmore, her American soul sister, would be tolerable if English: wrong. Virtue is supposed to be triumphant in Pamela and a certain virtue is, but meanwhile virtue becomes [Read More...]

Avoiding Liberal Arts Snobbery in Myself

I am a recovering liberal arts snob. Liberal arts advocates feel besieged for good reason. Many do not understand the value of the liberal arts, we are often the first cut and the last hired as schools, and people mock us with impunity. What are the liberal arts? They are the part of college ranging [Read More...]

The Achilles Challenge

The great warrior Achilles was given a choice: live long or live gloriously. He made a choice many heroes make and lived an intense, but short life. Others, safer souls, would choose differently, but Achilles very nature demanded an extreme life. We are, none of us, going to live forever and no matter what I [Read More...]

Peace! Peace!

Today the United States celebrates the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., particularly his work toward ending the evils of government imposed segregation and toward furthering racial reconciliation. He looked forward to a time of healing, but I am reminded that he had to fight against evil in his own day: both public and [Read More...]

The Mystical Next Time

Thank God that no sizable number of Americans support Nazi or Soviet-style regimes. We must, however, be on our guard that naiveté does not lead us down the path to some of the problems of tyrannical regimes. While it is improbable we would end up with a tyranny in America soon, we would not want [Read More...]

Three Full Cheers for Rural Pastors!

As the son of a pastor, the grandson of a deacon, and the great-grandson of a pastor, I have known more than one minister in my fifty years. I have met pastors that were hateful, hurting, and hypocritical, but the vast majority have been heroic in their sacrifice for their congregations. I am not, of [Read More...]

This Schism Was Cancelled

What if you gave a schism and before anybody of global importance had noticed, the very heterodox you hoped to turn schismatic hated the idea? A schism was canceled due to hurt feelings and fears of using the “wrong word.” Apparently the need to affirm “other stories” and worries of sounding judgmental or harsh were [Read More...]

Party Better! (On More, or Better, Parties)

Some Holiday parties will lack holiness. Other Holiday parties will be selfish and wasteful. In reaction, we will get the usual Christian worries about lack of holiness, selfishness, and waste, but those are the problems, not partying. We are a religion that predicts that history will end in a party and we are commanded by [Read More...]


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