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
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
Were there no war, you could drive from Aleppo, Syria to Stockholm, Sweden in about the time it takes to get from San Francisco, CA to Charlotte, NC…about three days of hard driving with reasonable nights’ sleeps. It really is that close. I mention Charlotte because Stockholm has a population about the size of Charlotte, … More Because we’ll be a Buddhist nation long before that happens: some alternative facts
Chesterton once said, “It is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.” One might be tempted to think him wrong considering the vehement criticism of our current government by relatively “godless” leftists. However, closer consideration reveals the truth that they … More Because you’re not fighting Hitler: of Faustian delusions and godless politics
Some days I think Paul was a bit too optimistic. For example, in II Corinthians he wrote: So I beg you to reaffirm your love…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (II Cor. 2:8,11) The fact is we seem to be outwitted by the enemy … More Outwitted and ignorant: the problem of “Black lives matter”
When we meet a solid and genuine Catholic or Orthodox (or even Anglican) believer, do we assume that person is the exception to the typically dead religion of other co-religionists? Do we assume that this is that rare and thoughtful (and possibly tragic) true believer in the Catholic church? Or can we imagine that maybe, just maybe there are just as many true Jesus loving Catholics (and Orthodox) as there are Evangelicals? … More Trusting the Other Christians, for the Love of Christ
The National Socialist Party in Germany accomplished some pretty amazing things. They took a nation left destitute by war and economic depression and elevated it to the status of a major world power. Their leaders were quite progressive in matters of animal conservation and public health. They had an effective welfare system to help the … More Murder was less than 1% of all they did.