Sand in the Gears

Walking vices

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 1 Comment »

From Anthony Esolen's "Filthy Rich: The Unnoticed Gift of Trickle-Down Decadence:" "The poor teach us what our vices mean, because we have not the self-knowledge to see through the disguises we ourselves have given them. When we see the poor doing ...

The weeping Christ

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 Posted in Theology | 2 Comments »

From David Bentley Hart's First Things article, "Tsunami and Theodicy," rightly called once again to our attention, in light of recent disasters, by Civitate: "I do not believe we Christians are obliged -- or even allowed -- to look upon the ...

Hospital, not courtroom

Monday, February 15th, 2010 Posted in Theology | 1 Comment »

"Did you commit sin? Enter the Church, repent for your sin, for here is the physician, not the judge. Here, one is not investigated; one receives remission of sins."  (St. John Chrysostom)

Heresy, thy name is Legion

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 Posted in Redbox Reviews, Theology | 3 Comments »

Perhaps you've seen commercials for the movie Legion, which appears to be two very different movies, depending on whether you've seen it advertised in the theater or on your television. On television, the premise appears to be that a host ...

Pat Robertson, pagan

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry, Theology | 17 Comments »

Believing, as Pat Robertson does, that the suffering of those you despise is inflicted by a god on your side, and that the suffering of those you pity is the result of a devil's curse, seems to come awfully close ...

The myth of the myth

Saturday, January 9th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting, Theology | 5 Comments »

Leslie Fields muddles about in Calvinism and Darwinism before arriving at good advice for every Christian parent, which is to pray your child toward Heaven. I think "the perfect parent myth," however, is itself a myth. None of us envisions ...

Happy sappy Christians

Friday, January 8th, 2010 Posted in Theology | 4 Comments »

The thing is, I despised the happy sappy Jesus talk before I became a Christian, and I still do. You know the lingo: My personal relationship with Jesus will see me through any storm; Jesus is bigger than any of ...

On miracles

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in Theology | Comments Off on On miracles

"A miracle is not the breaking of the laws of the fallen world, it is the re-establishment of the laws of the kingdom of God..."  (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, Living Prayer, p. 71-2)

Of God and Baal

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in The Artful Life, Theology | Comments Off on Of God and Baal

The great division within man is rooted not in ideology or religion or tribe, but in darkness and death, counterposed against light and life, which comes not from man but is placed within him. The line separating dark from light ...

Be it resolved

Friday, January 1st, 2010 Posted in Faith and Life | 3 Comments »

I read once that the historian's admiration for authority affects his assessments of civilizations past -- that oppressive regimes, with their monuments to state power, will draw his eye and his imagination more readily than a nation of citizen farmers. That's probably ...

The forever yearning

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life, The Art of Parenting | 9 Comments »

Yesterday morning Isaiah came to our bedroom, enacting his self-appointed role as Mr. Rise and Shine. He stepped on our knees and ankles and flopped about with sharp elbows until he staked a position between us. Isaac followed. Wife rose ...

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 ...

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 ...


Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 13 Comments »

You yearn for a holy place because, in the time between waking unable to recall where you are, and drifting again into the half-sleep that is all you've known for the longest time, you stand in the darkness of your ...

Could have been anyone

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life, The Art of Parenting | 13 Comments »

The Columbine killers, a new book says, weren't twisted little psychopaths who intended to kill dozens. They were one twisted little psychopath and his pathetic sidekick, and they hoped to kill hundreds. But otherwise they were regular kids. USA Today reports this ...

Past the words

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 Posted in Faith and Life | 17 Comments »

This weekend I lived at beautiful St. Fidelis Church, situated unexpectedly on the Kansas plains. Oddly enough, I never went inside the church proper, but I'm told there's a large mural behind the altar, of Fidelis being butchered by Calvinists. It ...

The Nightmares

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 Posted in Faith and Life | 13 Comments »

Sunday night brought a nightmare, one I used to have as a child. In this nightmare you are awake, it seems, and you can see the bedroom as it will be when you finally do scream or gasp yourself from ...