Sand in the Gears

The found church

Monday, July 12th, 2010 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 3 Comments »

Church is light streaming in, mingled voices, the expectation -- sometimes against all experience -- that this time God will meet you here, or at the very least, that you will leave your miserable ways long enough to meet Him. It ...

Deeper than we know

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 Posted in Theology | 5 Comments »

"The Father turns His face away. . .", goes the song. How comforting, then, to read in the 21st Psalm (22nd in the Protestant Bible): Nor has He turned away His face from me; And when I cried out to Him, He ...

Etched in flesh

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 Posted in Fatherhood, The Art of Parenting | 5 Comments »

I must confess that my first reaction, upon hearing about the thug who had his seven year-old tattooed with his gang's symbol, was that the solution seemed pretty straightforward: a bullet under the chin of the sperm-donor, along with a ...

Listen

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life | 5 Comments »

Wife tells me that when baby Isaiah went for his two year-old check-up this week, the doctor announced that he was to receive two shots. "Two shots!" Isaiah shouted with glee. "Two shots!" Either he thought he was going to play ...

Because circles, for the love of God, aren’t square

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Posted in Theology | 68 Comments »

My family and I were on vacation, and so I missed the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth. I mean, July 10th happened where we were, it's just that he wasn't on my mind. I used to be a Calvinist. Many ...

Weary

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life | 9 Comments »

Sometimes the words don't seem like they'll get close to the truth of anything, and so I just stop writing. That's not completely true; I'll write fiction perhaps, because those people in the stories inside my head haven't yet worked ...

Faith no more

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry, Theology | 10 Comments »

I couldn't believe, when I first read it, that Harvard's chaplain is an atheist. Then I felt stupid for being surprised. That die was likely cast when Harvard's overseers struck Christo et Ecclesiae from its place surrounding Veritas on the university's seal. ...

The Well-Spring

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 4 Comments »

I have an arrangement with myself, which is that I can only have a Starbucks hot chocolate (two-percent milk, no whipped cream) on cloudy days, or on Sundays when I catch the early service at a different church, or on ...

The Good, the Bad, and Flannery

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 17 Comments »

I'm in the midst of a writing frenzy at present, so for your reading pleasure I present an excerpt from Flannery O'Connor's "The Nature and Aim of Fiction," which may be found in the volume of her speeches and essays, ...