More About the South: Funeral Processions

Rev. Cindy Maddox (United Church of Christ) wrote a moving piece about grief and funeral processions.That post reminded me of something I've been meaning to write for a while: Down here in the land of the backwards and ignorant, over and again I have seen people pull over in respect for the funeral procession when they did not have to do so.You'll be in a procession that's going down a four-lane divided highway* and you see on the other side of the road, where there is no way that the … [Read more...]

Christian Calamities: A Taste of the South to Help You Choke on America

There's been pearl-clutching in odd quarters ever since Pastor Mark Burns, a South Carolinian, delivered his benediction on the Republican party.  I am not a Republican and I won't be voting for Trump, and I don't think you should either.  I am dismayed by the weaselly justifications some of my fellow Christians are spouting these days in their support for the GOP candidate.Still, it amuses me that the professionally-impious are suddenly offended on our Lord's behalf for what is, as I will sh … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes in Catholic Blogging

It is no surprise, given the violence and destruction the enemy is wreaking in the physical world, that the Church would likewise be under vicious attack. I’d like to address some questions readers have about professional Catholic blogging, and before I begin, here’s a passage of Scripture I think sets the right framework for us: 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding not … [Read more...]

Spiritual Apathy and the War on Terror

Over at the Catholic Conspiracy, Tom Zampino lays out the case for just warfare and writes: Any remaining illusions that we, ourselves, are safe anywhere – that we can, somehow, escape the carnage unscathed – have, of course, long since been shattered. Each new attack only serves to drive us further into despair, and deeper into isolation. . . .. . . we can and should urge those who legitimately hold authority over us to use all arms necessary to quickly defeat this global and growing threat … [Read more...]

When Mere Christianity Meets Black Lives Matter

My Anglican friend Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest posts here, offered me a reprint well worth your time.  Read through to the end.Outwitted and Ignorant: The Problem of “Black Lives Matter” Posted on July 11, 2016 by ScottSome days I think Paul was a bit too optimistic. For example, in II Corinthians he wrote: So I beg you to reaffirm your love…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (II Cor. 2:8,11)The fact is we seem to be … [Read more...]

Are You a Writer or a Content-Provider? There’s a Conference for That

So let me tell you a funny story about why you should consider going to this year's Catholic Writers Conference Live.Fellow Catholic Patheosi Kate O'Hare shared a link to an article about clickbait-mills over at Slate, "Dear Journalists: For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling Your Writing Content."The gist of the article is this:  The label "content" is used as a catch-all for the loads of shoddy garbage that the internet spews out daily in the never-ending quest for ad revenue.   … [Read more...]

The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]