Sand in the Gears

That malt shop in the sky

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 Posted in Faith and Life | 11 Comments »

Of all the reasons to cry, the “Beauty School Dropout” number from Grease probably shouldn’t make my list. Yet here I sit, surreptitiously mashing tears from the corners of my eyes just like Danny Zuko would have done, in his ...

Dance For Your Life

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 Posted in Snapshots of Life | 1 Comment »

The thing is, I lied about being able to dance when I was courting my wife. How often do people dance any more? Sure, people put on some kind of godawful thumping tribal ritual-sacrifice music and grind up against each ...

Listing

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 Posted in Faith and Life, The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Listing

Here's an excerpt from my latest Image essay if you're interested: Isaiah returned to the scene of the crime to survey his work. It was a damned atrocity. Paint ran haphazardly against the grain, tacky pools of it collected on the ...

Fair

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 17 Comments »

I've been working on contentment, which mostly means I've been praying for God to help me be content in whatever circumstances I find myself, then griping at him when I face trials that might help me learn contentment. But I'm ...

The presence and the devil

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life | 1 Comment »

Some of you may appreciate my latest "Good Letters" essay, which is about redemption and communion and other heavy things. I know, a marked change for light-hearted Tony. Here's an excerpt: "I lingered at the edges of another church in the ...

The worldly vision

Friday, March 28th, 2014 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Sermons | 22 Comments »

(Note: An expanded version of this essay—which attempts to address some of the objections leveled in the comments below as well as at The American Conservative—is over at On Faith.)   I am angry, and so I hope you will forgive me for whatever I ...

Easing the burden

Friday, March 14th, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life | 18 Comments »

"I'm sorry I shot you in the face with my Nerf gun. Do you forgive me?" My son knows he is supposed to ask for forgiveness, just as his brother knows that sooner or later he will be expected to say ...

How we talk about good and evil

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How we talk about good and evil

Those of you who caught my first essay, in which I argued that the layman no longer has adequate language to discuss good and evil, and who did not subsequently spit out your coffee while sputtering with outrage, might appreciate ...

The Storm

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 Posted in Faith and Life, Greatest Hits | Comments Off on The Storm

The two younger boys crept into our bed in the black morning, driven by a snarling storm. They curled into me, shivering, as if I am a safe harbor. There is no keeping out the storm; this is what I ...

Three Reasons

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 Posted in Snapshots of Life | Comments Off on Three Reasons

Caleb has borrowed my Essential Charlie Parker, and I don't think he's ever giving it back. He likes to listen to it as he falls asleep, and so I hear it drifting down to me from his bedroom, the cool ...

Linger

Friday, February 16th, 2007 Posted in Snapshots of Life | Comments Off on Linger

Valentine's evening, after the rush of work and dinner was over, three little boys gathered around my chair. Caleb and Eli each handed me brown lunch bags covered in heart-shaped stickers. Inside Caleb's was a collection of elaborate cut-out hearts, ...