Sin Makes You Stupid…and Violent

One of Mark Shea’s memorable (if not eloquent) quotes is “Sin Makes You Stupid.” It’s another way of echoing St Paul’s wisdom in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans 1 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their [Read More…]

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Pippin and Providence

My essay for Imaginative Conservative this week focuses on Tolkien’s driving force of providence behind his plot lines. While I feel Pippin’s pain, I have confidence, because like the omniscient one, I know how Lord of the Rings ends. I can see that Pippin and Merry’s capture was no mistake. Their ordeal brings them to Fangorn to [Read More…]

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Trump and the Mob: A Theological Observation

You may have seen the clip from Donald Trump’s rally where he said he wanted to punch a protester in the face. What disturbed me most about his bullying was not so much that he wanted to punch the guy, but that the crowd ate it up and roared their approval. The root problem was not [Read More…]

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What I Learned When I Visited a Casino…

I was brought up very strictly in a Christian home. We didn’t go to movies. We didn’t go to dances. We didn’t smoke or drink. Heck, we weren’t even allowed to play cards because they were linked with gambling. Then some years ago I visited Detroit and my host took me out to lunch. Bob [Read More…]

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Praying for Princes and Politicians

My article for Aleteia this week recommends prayer for politicians. One of the charming things about being an Anglican were the petitions in the Book of Common Prayer for “HMQ” aka Her Majesty the Queen. How quaint and Queenly is this beautiful prayer? Almighty and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that [Read More…]

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Should A Priest Comment on Politics?

My blog posts criticizing Trump have elicited some pretty nasty emails from Trump supporters blaming me for being a Sanders supporting Communist, Marxist and blaming me for never condemning Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Biden. Anybody who has read this blog with any frequency at all will know that I’ve thrown plenty of stones at that [Read More…]

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