From Bp Kallistos Ware, “The Orthodox Way”

The circle of divine love, however, has not remained closed. God's love is, in the literal sense of the word, "ecstatic"--a love that causes God to go out from himself and to create things other than himself. I'm still looking for a cute tag a la "mackerel-snapping" for Orthodox Christian stuff. Your suggestions welcome! … [Read more...]

“Course Evaluations for the Sermon on the Mount”: Millinerd

lol: Way too demanding for Gen Ed requirement. Prof expected us all to exceed best students in the class?! LOL. Not even my major!Best prof ever! Loved it. Changing my major.Told us not to worry about grade, and then told us that most people would fail. What?! Seriously? more … [Read more...]

Read This Great Sharp Poem While I Work on My Best-Of Post.

Thank you! … [Read more...]

Wesley Hill’s 2013 best-of books list

For your delectation: I taught a course on Christology last spring, and in preparation I read a lot about St. Cyril of Alexandria. Three books are especially memorable from that time: Cyril’s treatise On the Unity of Christ, Christ in Eastern Christian Thought by John Meyendorff, and St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy by John McGuckin.I also read a few books this year from and about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, as I continue to try to figure out wher … [Read more...]

A Story of Peacemaking in Prison

It's framed as a post about John Howard Yoder, his work and his abuse of women, but I'm posting it because of the exceptionally compelling personal story: ...I did not become peaceable by reading Yoder. That happened to me long before when I became Christian in prison.I was convicted of arson in 1994 and served four years in a state prison as a result. I was an angry and very violent young man when I entered.My hatred and resentment toward others eventually crushed me, when I realized I … [Read more...]

Yoda and the Giving Tree: The Leaf-Green Faces of the Enemy

Two points connected solely by my desire to use this title.First, I am not going to say much about the long exchange in the comments to the post I was just talking about. You'll know pretty quickly if it's the kind of thing you can read without wanting to throttle a swan. But I wanted to register my full-throated agreement with Gabriel's disapproval of the Yoda line, "Do or do not. There is no try."People. This is very close to the opposite of the truth! First of all, many people who … [Read more...]

The Diversity of the Saints Is a Diversity of Pain

Speaking of the wild diversity of the saints--over the weekend I read this powerful & bluntly painful piece from Mudblood Catholic: "God is doing something in the dark." But what? And, really, "Why remain here in the dark?"And that post collided with a very intense night at the pregnancy center, and the readings from this past Sunday:For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing … [Read more...]


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