President Trump in Europe – A Shining Success?

The majority of the world’s population is more motivated by their religion than their politics. Read more

Birth Control and Catholic Priests

That little pill has changed everything. The effect of birth control and a contraceptive culture has altered our world in ways we could never have expected. Think for a moment about the effect contraception has had on the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. First of all, if a family has ten kids it is more likely that they are going to be happy for a few of them to pursue the priesthood or religious life. Mothers… Read more

Why Is Everyone So Easily Offended?

Maybe I’ve spent too much time on Facebook, but why is everybody so darned offended all the time? Traditionalist Catholics are constantly getting on their high horse. Then its the feminist and homosexualists who are stomping off in high dudgeon. Next it is the Liberals or the Eastern Orthodox or the Lutherans or the college students or the environmentalists. You name it. Everybody everywhere seems to be the hurt, offended victim. Why is this? Its because of the dictatorship of… Read more

TV? Turn it Off

One of the greatest blessings of my life is that my Mom had the guts to not have TV. Yep. I grew up in the 1960s and 70s with no TV. My folks were not especially strict or puritanical. They didn’t tell us TV was wicked or “Hell’s sewer straight into your home.” They just simply and positively said we don’t need a TV. OK, there was a little bit of the right kind of snobbery too–sort of “We’re better… Read more

Why I Am Not Eastern Orthodox

From time to time I will get an email asking whether I considered Eastern  Orthodoxy when I left Anglicanism. The answer is that I did not. Here’s why: I certainly learned a bit about Eastern Orthodoxy while I was at Oxford. Bishop Kallistos Ware lived around the corner in North Oxford. and I attended the little Orthodox church there a couple of times. I also went to some seminars there, and over the years scratched the surface of Eastern Orthodoxy…. Read more

On Presidents, Princes and Popes

Let’s face it, we’re the world’s only superpower. And yet we’re so insecure. Read more

Mystery of the Magi Book Giveaway

You may have heard of my latest book project called The Mystery of the Magi- the Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. I’m really excited by this book. It has been so interesting to investigate the historicity of the Magi story. One of the reasons the book has been so exciting to produce is because it undermines the modernist Biblical scholars who simply dismiss the Magi story as “mythological”. I’ve shown, on the contrary, that it has a firm foundation… Read more

On Popes and Presidents

One remembers the day when a good, strong pope and a good, strong president–both having survived assassination attempts– got together with a sense of mission. Read more

In Manchester Still Falls the Rain

Why is there such madness, hatred and meaningless violence? Read more

Renewal in the Church: Send My Roots Rain

I remember as an Anglican priest Archbishop George Carey launched a big initiative called “The Decade of Evangelism.” It was more like “The Decay of Evangelism.” It was a big flop. From time to time in every church the leaders feel they must give evangelism and renewal the old college try. They form committees and the committees form working parties and the working parties form action teams and the action teams form focus groups and the focus groups organize deanery… Read more