A brief exchange with a friend about five-point Calvinism ended with them stating: I wouldn’t think of calvinism as putting God in a box. Quite the contrary, actually. I think it magnifies the supremacy and sovereignty of God. I am not a huge fan of the Calvinist title. Calvin didn’t like it from what I … More God does not fit in the box of your five-point tradition.
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” –Chesterton Ten to one odds, the old man in the bar was Millwall too…the older person that Mr. Larner, the ‘Lion of London Bridge,’ mentioned in his interview. That was part of his … More Because Millwall
Why does it bother people so much that my daughter isn’t going to college? She doesn’t want to…she wants to dance. So we said, “Go for it. You have a gift. Do what you have to do to try and make it happen.” I even suggested auditioning for a ballet company in Eastern Europe where … More Because there’s nothing magical about college
My oldest daughter, Grace, dances beautifully. Every time I watch her she amazes me more. That isn’t just a proud father talking. I’ve had other people…dads…rough, football loving, never-been-to-a-ballet-until-they-had-a-little-girl dads tell me how much they enjoy watching Grace dance. Anyone who has seen her understands why. She exudes a combination of strength and beauty that … More What I forgot to say
Historically, the Church in the wisdom of God has prescribed feasts as well as fasts. Practically speaking, the feast serves to remind us of freedom and of blessings…of the reality that “every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above” (James 1:17). Further feasts protect us from a certain type of spiritual morbidity … More A Reflection on Feasting
There is a great passage from the Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: “Whatever became of the moment when one first knew about death? There must have been one, a moment, in childhood, when it first occurred to you that you don’t go on forever. It must have been shattering, stamped into one’s memory. … More On the Mercy of Getting Older
They say write what you know. That’s one of the first rules of writing. So I have waited to write this one…this one short post about perseverance, because this Lent I’ve seen the reality of my own inner brokenness like never before. The desire to do those great and saintly things that might change the … More Meditation on Lent: Perseverance (confession)