Of Strangled Cries and Table Manners

On this Good Friday, I recall some comments made by Aidan Kavanaugh (as cited here by Fr. Jim) about our tendency to tidy up the things of God. He’s talking about Catholic sacramental theology, but I think there are lessons here for Protestants, even of the evangelical variety. [To know Christ sacramentally only in terms…

Show Me the Money

[As preached in March 2008] It’s that time again—we’re in the middle of another Presidential campaign. Religious issues have been in the forefront this year even more than usual. Mike Huckabee is a former Southern Baptist pastor; Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop. Catholic candidates have faced increasing pressure from their bishops that they uphold…

The Economy

Rod Dreher has a provocative piece about the Bear Stearns bailout, the banking industry, globalism, NAFTA, border hypocrisy, and conspiracies. My worry is that our leaders — political and financial — envision taking us the way of the European Union, which has stolen in plain sight popular sovereignty from European nations in exchange for greater…

Spring in Texas

It’s officially Spring, in Texas and elsewhere. But that’s just according to the calendar. We’ve been enjoying Spring for several weeks, as the budding trees and the flowers demonstrate. Last week I drove up to Austin for a meeting, and it was a perfect Texas Spring day, with bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and other native wildflowers…

Mission. A Parable.

From Tim Baer at Jesus Manifesto, a story about a pastor who so wanted to minister in Virginia that he bought a church–only to discover that it was actually in West Virginia.

Pie-Rates of the Carob Being … and Other Purim Tales

It is Purim (another article), and one of my rabbi friends was telling me about his costume tradition … My costumes are always of a movie title. One year i came with a Barney the dinosaur sticking out of my sweater with a yarmulke on his head, with little dinosaurs pinned on my sweater,each with…