Category Archives: Sacramental Tapestry

An open letter to Josh Harris, seeker

Dear Josh: I hope I can call you Josh, though we’ve never met and I was way too old in the 90s to get caught up in “purity culture.” (Heck, even my son was a bit too old.) What I … Continue reading

Posted in Faith & Ideology, lifeworks, Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Sacramental Tapestry, Sexualia, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Serenity in leisure

There is a certain serenity in leisure. That serenity springs precisely from our inability to understand, from a recognition of the mysterious nature of the universe; it springs from the courage of deep confidence, so that we are content to … Continue reading

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An anniversary and a testimonial

Today is the 52nd anniversary of my high school graduation. It might sound odd to remember that, but high school was formative for me because, almost impetuously, my parents and I agreed that I should go to a Christian (specifically … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelicalism, Orthodoxy, Orthopathos, Pre-American Christianity, Sacramental Tapestry, Science, Worship | Tagged , , ,

Making it up on our own

Over the Christmas holiday 1969-70, I attended Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s “Urbana 70” Missionary Conference, along with, as I recall, 10,000 or so other young people. Two episodes at the conference stood out in my memory these 50 years later. One … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Protestantism, Sacramental Tapestry, Sundry flakes

Forsaking lunacy, again and again

I have long thought that the best critique of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option is that he’s just asking Christians to actually act like Christians, and asking the Church actually to do the work of the Church. (Long? Well, the book … Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Benedict Option, Civil Religion, lifeworks, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Sacramental Tapestry | Tagged ,

Twiblings

As if on cue, an example of today’s version of satanic banality. I’m really sticking my neck out on this, but here goes. But first, remember the conclusion to my latest blog when you parse “satanic”: The man who approaches … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Legalia, Marriage (civil), Marriage (real), Moralistic therapeutic deism, Natural Law, Nominalism and Realism, Sacramental Tapestry | Tagged ,

Potpourri 8/22/18

1 As a means of exposing those who insist of seeing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a reincarnation of Josef Stalin, it would be good to look at Putin’s relationship with the great Soviet dissident and anti-communist hero, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, … Continue reading

Posted in Legalia, Roman Catholicism, Russia, Sacramental Tapestry, Sexualia | Tagged , ,

Feminization of Christianity?

I’ve been aware of, and tacitly agreed with, the theory that Christianity has been “feminized,” and that the feminization is the source of declining attendance, particularly among men. Rod Dreher reprised the theme Tuesday. Read it all if you’re unfamiliar … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity generally, Ecclesiology, Intrigued, Sacramental Tapestry

Small, dull, boring, trite, trendy, and commonplace

[I]n order to fix the situation, the [Roman Catholic] bishops in Germany need to get rid of those “monumental church buildings” and appoint lay people to lead Communion services and whatnot, preferably in small ugly buildings that, by their sheer … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Roman Catholicism, Sacramental Tapestry, Worship

After the wake of a man-boy

More blogging on stuff I’ve been reminded of, again from something I wrote privately almost 5 years ago: I attended a Wake Thursday, only we don’t call them that any more. In the coffin was a 32-year-old man-boy. In line as … Continue reading

Posted in eulogy, humanism, Sacramental Tapestry