“Something understood”? Not always…

...at least not by the one who prays. I like this post on prayer ("Christ in one place, Christ in a diametrically opposed place"), and I like that most of the commenters are posting quotations rather than their own thoughts. It seems apropos. Here's an old piece I wrote on repetitive prayer.(Title reference.) … [Read more...]

Interview w/Wesley Hill on “Young Evangelicals and the Culture Wars”

this is the guy who wrote the best single book I've read on Gay Christian Whatnot. Part one; part two. His answer to the last question in part one is esp on-point. … [Read more...]

“The Long Road of Grace and Mercy”: Calah Alexander

writes something really worth your time: My first child was conceived out of wedlock. I was, at the time, not only unmarried but also a crystal meth addict. I was not Catholic but some strange combination of agnostic/lapsed Protestant; my boyfriend and the father of my child was a Catholic. Obviously neither he nor I were living virtuous lives at the time, but the reality of a child on the way forced us to try and straighten ourselves out.We began seeing a wonderful Cistercian priest … [Read more...]

“Waiting for Gabriel: Learning to Pray through Infertility”

...The aftermath of our diagnosis was extraordinarily painful for both of us.  The diagnosis affected not simply our friendships, our own relationship, but particularly our spiritual lives.  If you speak to an infertile couple, committed to the Christian life, you’ll notice a pattern:  the sexual infertility gradually seeps into the life of prayer.  Each morning, I rise and ask God that Kara and I might finally have a child.  Seemingly, I encounter only the chilly silence of a seemingly ab … [Read more...]

Augustine’s Confessions of a Mask

Leah Libresco's "Turing Test" 2012 has begun! This is a thing, not quite a contest and not quite a kabuki debate, in which atheists and Christians submit two sets of answers to a single set of questions. One set is their honest answers. The other is an answer from the point of view of whichever thing they're not, religiously speaking--thus atheists impersonate Christians and vice versa. Then everyone gets to vote on how well they did! It's anonymous until the big reveal, and the questions this … [Read more...]

I can feel my instinctive anti-clericalism diminishing…

Praise from a bishop for my talk in Denver. … [Read more...]


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