My Most Grievous Fault: The Moral Problem of Wealth

"How can I make you realize the misery of the poor? How can I make you understand that your wealth comes from their weeping?" - St. Basil the Great."Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth, but theirs." - St. John ChrysostomIt is always easier to accuse than to confess. But in reality we're all sinners of one sort or another sitting together in the dock. I have long been, and will continue … [Read more...]

What is the Opposite of a Happy Death?

In a neighboring town I have a wonderful friend Nate who serves as pastor of an Evangelical Free church with a weekly community meal program. The town is a rustbelt artifact, still breathing but just barely. His congregation is mostly young marrieds but many of the soup kitchen regulars are older unemployed men.Thinking of the recent history of this area, Nate and I were discussing what it must feel like to go for ten years, twenty years with no job, no real chance at a job. Nate remarked, … [Read more...]

The Devil and Donald Trump

"It was the month of May, or the month of June, in any case summer was near, and within only a few weeks the war would break out, although nobody knew this at the time, and those who had premonitions couldn’t go so far as to believe them, because fear rejects what the intuition accepts..." - Manuel de Lope,  The Wrong BloodEmbed from Getty ImagesIt can happen here.To be honest, there are moments when I enjoy the sight of the business and financial elites that dominate both of our po … [Read more...]

Encountering “the Other” on the Road

Strange as it may seem, my own journey towards the Dorothy Option began with Cormac McCarthy's dystopian novel The Road. Certainly, neither the author nor the work are known for their orthodox Christian sensibilities, and yet, reading the book led me to reflect more deeply on three of the most critical aspects of life for people of faith today- our own complicity in evil, the struggle to live a moral life- to, in the words of the book, "carry the fire"- in the midst of the cultural wreckage of mo … [Read more...]