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Aug
31

The Doctrine of Inevitability

The Doctrine of Inevitability Statements about “the wrong side of history” are historically naïve.
Aug
29

Patristic reading and the beheading of John the Baptist

Patristic reading and the beheading of John the Baptist For the past several years, I've committed myself to reading passages from the Church Fathers during the Daily Office. Here is one such reading.
Aug
28

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management

Saving time: the Eucharist & time management Behold the mystery: time must enter the tomb of the infinite before it is raised into right experience of the finite.
Aug
27

Rally Day ruminations: the problem with Sunday School

Rally Day ruminations: the problem with Sunday School I think we've told Christian parents that it's not their job to be the teachers and spiritual leaders in their families.
Aug
27

Henryk Górecki and the surprise of religious art

Henryk Górecki and the surprise of religious art What audiences hear or feel in the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs may simply be the presence of a spiritual dimension in the work, like a door deliberately left open.
Aug
26

Adoption, generosity, and the kingdom

Adoption, generosity, and the kingdom Mutual restraint and generosity enabled this event to be plainly and obviously one of God’s own kingdom, where adoption is a dream for God’s people (Romans 8:23).
Aug
26

The heart blown open: three invitations to wonder

The heart blown open: three invitations to wonder From time to time, upon surveying our culture, I’m inclined to see the specter of barbarians at the gates. Wonder is a powerful antidote to such a temptation.
Aug
25

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of)

Three streams (but not the ones you’re thinking of) Matthew Olver writes on the "Three Streams," the use of Praise and Worship in Anglican settings, and Hillsong.
Aug
24

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.
Aug
22

Light in August, and everything after

Light in August, and everything after August is especially dense with the mystery of salvation in the two feasts of the Transfiguration and the Assumption.
Aug
21

Outside the bounds?

Outside the bounds? Acts 10:1-16 speaks of Cornelius, a Gentile centurion drawn to worship the one God, yet fearful to commit. The question for us now is — who is Cornelius today?
Aug
21

Where do we begin?

Where do we begin? If you and I cannot recognize that we are a “damn mess,” then I’m not sure what Christianity can offer.
Aug
20

Praying with Bernard of Clairvaux

Every so often I come across a text that does for me what reading Cicero did for Augustine: it changes the way I pray. I’ve found one such text in Bernard of Clairvaux’s On Loving God.
Aug
19

The Cross, the form of marriage

The Cross, the form of marriage The Cross is the nuptial bed on which is consummated the union of divine nature and human nature in the “one flesh” of Jesus. Nothing connotes this more powerfully than our Lord’s final “word” from the cross.

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