love – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 That malt shop in the sky http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/13/that-malt-shop-in-the-sky/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/13/that-malt-shop-in-the-sky/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:36:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4692 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 leather-jacket days, before Sandy convinced him real men cry. It’s not that I’m unused to …

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Dance For Your Life http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/07/03/dance-for-your-life/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/07/03/dance-for-your-life/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:42:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4638 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 other, but that’s not dancing. Nobody dances any more, right? Until there’s a dance, to …

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Listing http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/22/listing-2/ Fri, 22 May 2015 13:39:29 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4611 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 surface, and thick rivulets had crawled down the sides and hardened. “Look at it,” …

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Fair http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/15/fair/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/15/fair/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:59:58 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4554 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 trying, I swear. Those of you who know me know that my life thus far …

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On just saying no http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:08:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4529 Related to my previous post, I have an essay at Good Letters digging into the hypocrisy of evangelicals, as represented by the American Family Association, who simultaneously support the Drug War while demanding that we reject child refugees from that war. Here’s an excerpt: We sponsor both sides of this war; we constitute the primary …

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Thy kingdom come http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/03/thy-kingdom-come/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/03/thy-kingdom-come/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:28:27 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4521 I don’t think they love their children any less than I love my own, which tells me something about what their lives must be like, to send their babies away. Their children stream northward in droves—as many as 60,000 this year—and we don’t want them. We don’t want their skin lesions and their hungry bellies, …

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The presence and the devil http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/04/09/the-presence-and-the-devil/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/04/09/the-presence-and-the-devil/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:43:38 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4496 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 following months, and then not at all. The shape of a newly divorced and …

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The worldly vision http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/28/the-worldly-vision/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/28/the-worldly-vision/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:10:20 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4474 (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 write that offends, unless you need offending, in which case I hope you …

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Easing the burden http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/14/easing-the-burden/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/14/easing-the-burden/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:30:45 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4386 “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 yes. He knows to say it because he knows he is supposed to forgive. …

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The world we show them http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/13/the-world-we-show-them/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/02/13/the-world-we-show-them/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:20:28 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4118 “Which world do you want to live in?” My oldest son, just days from his 14th birthday, glares back at me. Behind him in the car sit his brothers. Their hands are pressed to their faces. One of them is crying. Caleb begins to explain why he smacked them. Eli was needling him about something. Isaac, …

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