The Constantine Strategy

Forget retreat. Triumphalism is two centuries ago. The time has come to change our strategic thinking as Christians. We should not retreat from the culture or pretend the culture is friendly. Assume the barbarians control the old key points and best cities. The time has come to build a new city, develop better alternative culture, [Read More...]

Waiting for Constantine

Today is the feast of Constantine: one of those rare heroes that certain people love to hate and blame for everything. Left-wing Christians blame him for bringing Imperial power to  a more pure Christianity as if the three hundred years between the death of Jesus and Constantine’s rule never happened. Evidently, the Church should have [Read More...]

Ida: An Idea Film

If a film is good, does it cease to be “faith based?” That is my suspicion. Just as Bach is not categorized as Christian music so my favorite filmmaker, Tarkovsky, is seldom called “faith based.” Yet one cannot understand Tarkovsky without knowing something about Russian Orthodoxy and so the attribution is appropriate. I watched a [Read More...]

Humility: Who doesn’t need it? How to get it?

A problem with “self-esteem” is that it makes it hard to be humble. How can I be humble in a constant cacophony of messages telling me to feel good about myself. The fact these messages are usually paid for by people selling me something does not make it any easier to ignore the shouts: “You [Read More...]

The Most Qualified By Far: On Clinton and Qualifications

Read about Clinton and her run for the White House and phrases like “most qualified” come up often. I have read that she is “the most qualified person to run for President.” Recently, I read a story where a women noted that her over-qualification for the Presidency is a sign of how good women have [Read More...]

Mercy on His Soul – Judgment on His Body

Americans fantasize that we live in an nonjudgmental age or at the very least we (almost) universally judge the judgmental as  lacking in social justice. The reality is that our judgment has grown uncertain in areas where we should be sure and sure in places where it should be uncertain. We are confused about whether [Read More...]

The Most Common Graduation Lie

Some graduation somewhere always features some speaker who tells the graduates that they are a special generation. This tactic is so effective that Pepsi has spent generations using flattery to break Coke’s hold on the market: “you are the generation that will do it.” This has yet to work out for Pepsi, but graduation speakers [Read More...]

A Lie They Will Tell You At Commencement

I have been to more than my share of graduations . . . both as a graduate (four times) and as an officiant. There is a nefarious lie that is repeated at many commencements that many of us go on believing for the rest of our lives: commencement is not an ending but a beginning. [Read More...]

Caesar Isn’t Even That Important

Thank God none of my children is likely to become President of the United States. Instead, they are focused  on English literature, teaching, filmmaking, and creating businesses: the important jobs. If Jane were to decide to give up filmmaking and run for the White House, I would be disappointed, but support her. It is a [Read More...]

Unfit for Office, Secretary Clinton

Abraham Lincoln helped my family secede from Virginia when Virginia seceded from the Union. West Virginia was born and the Reynolds family does not look too often at the party of disunion for a presidential candidate, but it is always nice when the Democratic Party nominates someone who is worth serious thought. The Republic needs [Read More...]