Beauty will save the world

Beauty will save the world We’ve forgotten what art is for. We need places to live, work, and worship: They are useful for us when they reflect our value as creatures of Beauty itself.

Sufjan blessed my year

Sufjan blessed my year I was a big Sufjan fan about ten years ago, but I forgot about him for a while. I was called back to my senses with the release of Carrie and Lowell.

Abortion is not a blessing

Abortion is not a blessing Abortion is not a blessing. Let us in all humility never be afraid to say so. And may the prayers of the Holy Innocents ascend to the throne of grace to strengthen us in God’s saving work

The Benedict Option and Yale

The Benedict Option and Yale Recent turmoil at Yale University reveals the inevitable cultural aporia that has resulted a generation after Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Mad as hell

Mad as hell The market demands anger — on its terms. It is a strange fact. It works well for certain politicians but it works poorly in governing. It can raise awareness of injustice and also impede consensus-building that could fix injustice.

TV culture

TV culture In 1955, The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the most popular television programs in America. Those of us born in the age of cable, let alone the age of the Internet, can hardly imagine the cultural impact of a show like this. As Marty McFly was reminded by the 1955 version of his uncle in Back to the Future, re-runs were not an option. People tuned in and watched what was on. Ed Sullivan famously hosted...

Churches need incense

Churches need incense Incense may not be a hill worth dying on, but it is at least a hill worth strategizing for. It is a shot to the gut of comfortable, consumer-friendly religion.

Is idolatry impossible?

Is idolatry impossible? Perhaps it is time for us Christians to stop imagining that anyone really desires anything more than God.

Fr. Thomas Hopko: my favorite priest

Fr. Thomas Hopko: my favorite priest Over the last five years, the priest that has undoubtedly had the largest impact on my ministry is Fr. Thomas Hopko, who departed this life in March 2015. I was thinking of him and giving thanks for his life recently after listening to this tribute, aired last month on Ancient Faith Radio. I never met Fr. Tom, but I felt as though he was a fast friend and something of a disembodied mentor. He was a good...

Our progressive pope?

Our progressive pope? Pope Francis’s plea, like the Gospel he proclaims, comes first as a sledgehammer, and then as a balm. The Gospel is the bane of all ideologies.

The Narnia Church

The Narnia Church Narnia is best understood as analogous to the Church, where all kinds of magical things and all kinds of brokenness exist side-by-side.

The Narnia option

The Narnia option C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, like Huxley’s Brave New World, sounds a thoroughly pessimistic note. But Christian hope for the renewal of creation permeates Lewis’s fiction.

The new Areopagus: a 21st-century speech

The new Areopagus: a 21st-century speech Andrew Petiprin on a new fragment of the Apostle Paul's speech to the Areopagus.

Prayer culture

Prayer culture God wants to transform me and use the transformed me to transform his world. But how?

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