January 13, 2017

  I was reading The Lord by Romano Guardini at one am, as I am wont to do when I’ve sufficiently freaked myself out by watching Criminal Minds while home alone, and I was struck with the realization of something I had never seen before. So how many times have I read or heard the various Mary moments that happen in the Gospels? Enough. And a sword will pierce your heart too. And yet, much like Belle in the best movie ever,… Read more

December 23, 2016

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. -John 1:5 I’ve always loved Christmas lights. Candles flickering, lights twinkling, fires radiating, all of it. Whether it’s staring at the Christmas tree or walking around to see the decorations on houses, particularly those that subtly use light to reveal the shapes of things while hinting at a greater depth beyond the outline, I love it all. In the Northern Hemisphere, the infusion of light into the darkness… Read more

December 21, 2016

I’m bad at consistency. It’s not that I don’t have many charming, delightful traits. But consistency requires a lot. Particularly when, I’ve noticed, it involves grandiose plans. I remember when I was 12. I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and promptly went out to buy a The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, because Francis read a page of Shakespeare everyday and she was a writer, so I should do that too if I wanted to be a writer. I… Read more

September 22, 2016

    Part 2 ***This is the second post exploring the Person of the Holy Spirit. You can find the first post here, a more theoretical consideration of the Holy Spirit as regarding His mission within creation. Let me also preface this saying that the anxiety I am speaking of here is more of the everyday run of the mill sort, rather than taking the term In a more strict, clinical, psychological way. I do not mean to conflate the… Read more

September 20, 2016

                                                ***This is the first of a two part inquiry into the Person of the Holy Spirit. This post will explore our relationship with the Holy Spirit more in terms of Who He is, and tomorrow I will post a follow up considering our relationship with the Holy Spirit in more experiential terms of how He should… Read more

September 9, 2016

One of the critiques I have often heard, in one iteration or another, is that modern society, particularly technology, causes loneliness, because it estranged us from our community. This might be true, or it might be true in some cases, but I don’t think loneliness is a purely modern phenomena. My own experience, at least, has been that loneliness has less to do with Instagram and more to do with me. See, I know that, whether digitally or irl, it… Read more

September 9, 2016

I had a great opportunity to chat for a bit with John Harper of Morning Air with John Harper on Relevant Radio today about my recent piece So You Sinned. Check it out as we talk about how we handle sinning over and over again (I come on about 50 minutes in to the segment, but go ahead and listen to the whole show)! I’ll be going on again in a few weeks to discuss the Holy Spirit with John as well,… Read more

September 6, 2016

  I am exhausted. It’s not exactly a new state of mind—this has been pretty consistent throughout years of college and grad school and city living and more school and teaching. And, I’m not the only one. My teacher friends are exhausted. My working and grad school friends are exhausted. My parent friends have given a new depth of meaning to the word exhausted. Pretty much, what seems consistent is that not a one of us will ever sleep again…. Read more

September 1, 2016

I’ve talked some recently about issues surrounding, in particular, habitual and “Come to Jesus” types of sins, and I’ve encouraged people to seek out confession and to pray for the theological virtues. And I still do. However, I also wanted to address the issues of sin on a more practical level. Because, while the doing the right thing involves knowing what it is and if we are doing it and grace, we must support all of those components with our… Read more

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