Hot pockets and the hierarchy of good

Hot pockets and the hierarchy of good Teenage boys like Hot Pockets. I do not know why. They also do crazy things like destroying microwaves with overheated Oreos. That’s a new one for me. I’m just settling in to my new job as a boarding school chaplain, and part of my job is supervising one of the boys’ dorms from time to time. The other day, our faculty dorm team was discussing whether we ought to get some extra snacks for the boys to...

My love won’t find you

My love won’t find you I really wanted (more than you know) a new TV; I really want a usable dining room table; I really want a good, stable job. Did I want my children with the same calculus of consumer desire? I hope the answer is no.

On the harrowing of hell

On the harrowing of hell Sam Keyes responds to a question submitted to the Covenant blog regarding the harrowing of hell.

I’m going to shrive you

I’m going to shrive you We do not understand the technology of our redemption. Is the sign of the cross any more "magical" than my iPhone? On a psychological level, it is probably less so.

The maternal priesthood

The maternal priesthood There are two things that reliably make me cry: Mary and babies.

Your own personal Jesus

Your own personal Jesus A relationship with Jesus that purports to be without rules, without "religion," will turn out to be not a relationship but a fantasy.

The assumptions of the Assumption

The assumptions of the Assumption On the face of it, Mary’s Assumption, body and soul, into heaven, is one of the most challenging traditions of the Church. One of my seminary professors loved to say that, for him, the Assumption was just too much of an assumption. It certainly presents a unique obstacle to many of our Protestant brethren. And this is in large part because the event does suggest, in a strange way, that the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus wasn’t enough, that there had to be something more.

Let conscience go

The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.

Demons are beloved; you’re not

One does not "listen deeply" to those in the same category as child murderers and terrorists.

Corpus Christi sermon

I want to stop looking at all that stuff and start looking at Jesus

On Beauty

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Surely in that verse we can see something of the vision of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Note on the Collect for Candlemas

Metaphysics can indeed be confusing in this anti-metaphysical age, but it's hard to see how it is "helpful" to avoid it altogether.

Re-thinking Charles the Martyr

Whatever it is, it is anti-puritanical. It is against the simplistic modern legal precisions (both Catholic and Protestant) and their tendency to sever the good and the beautiful from the true.

Sunday Sermon: Reforming tastes

There are questions, of course, about what constitutes a matter of taste. But few of us would really disagree that once you do find that mystical territory of taste, rational argument doesn’t enter into it.

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