T-Shirt: “I Had An Abortion”

By now you may have heard of — or seen — the new T-shirt being sold by Planned Parenthood. There’s been some discussion of it over at Orthodoxy Today. Sad. Nutty. Demonic. Read more

The “N” Word

“Ain’t Skeered!” is a Southern takeoff on the once popular “No Fear” emblems paraded on sweatshirts and automobiles. Yet, when it comes to certain words, I am afraid. We live in an age when using the wrong word could mean the end of one’s good reputation, career, or, at least, our God-pleasing relations with others. It’s sort of like the ol’ joke: “What’s the last words out of a redneck’s mouth?” – “Hey y’all, watch-isss!” Our words often precede our… Read more

Blog Your Prayer Requests

The above link is worth a visit (or three). Read more

How Do Orthodox Christians EVANGELIZE?

A small business owner once told me of a guaranteed way to get rid of pesky telemarketers. “Whenever the salesman calls and immediately goes into his sales pitch,” he said, ” interrupt him and ask, ‘Are you a born again Christian?’ If he replies ‘No,’ you say, ‘Well, I am and I don’t deal with people who aren’t’ – and hang up. If he replies ‘Yes,’ you say, “Well I’m not and don’t deal with people who are’ – and… Read more

XXX Church – by Terry Mattingly

PHOENIX — Anyone with the nerve to create XXXChurch.com is going to get attention, especially if they keep calling it “the No. 1 Christian Porn Site.” “We’re No. 1 because there really isn’t a No. 2, which is a good business plan if you think about it,” said Craig Gross, co-founder of the ministry in Corona, Calif. Two years ago, Gross and partner Mike Foster opened their first booth at the Adult Video News trade show in Las Vegas, handing… Read more

Orthodox and Baptist Trade Places

Looks like the editors over at The Onion Dome have been keeping tabs on us hillbillies. :) Read more

Real Men Dis Mary?

Leon Podles makes some excellent observations over at Touchstone regarding sexuality & churchmanship. I was working on a project my senior year of seminary tentatively titled “Marian Devotion and the Homosexual.” I ended up taking reading credits and not writing a paper. As they say, “What he said.” Read more

God is Young

A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough… It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again,” to the… Read more

ALMOST … All generations will call me blessed

A former coworker, a Protestant, with all sincerity and goodwill, gave me a book by Max Lucado, God Came Near. Never having been a fan of Prot Pulp Lit, I’d never heard of the author. Gosh, was I ever shocked! I had no idea that mainstream Christians would accept such irreverence. Even President Bush consults the man! For instance, Lucado, speaking of St Joseph’s struggle with Mary’s pregnancy, writes: “He [St Joseph] took cold showers for nine months so the… Read more

The Two Trees (33 of 33 – final)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]On the Way …Yes, we are trees, bearing fruit. Like the Tree in the Garden, we can bear sinful fruit: Pride, Anger, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Avarice, Sloth. “Pale Gas” we call it. Fitting.Or, if the seeds planted within us are done so by the Sower on the Hill, we bear fruit of a different kind: Humility, Patience, Chastity, Contentedness, Temperance, Liberality, and Diligence. The knowledge gained in the Garden is… Read more