Archive for the ‘Church’ Category

Death, Thanksgiving, and the Resurrection

“Keep your mind in hell and despair not.” — St. Silouan the Athonite I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. An acquaintance of mine is a widower, and while I knew previously that his wife died several years ago, I only recently learned how: she suffered a sudden and massive heart attack....
April 18th, 2014 | Church, Holidays, Religion | Read More

The Seventh Day

“To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipping the...
April 16th, 2014 | Church, Culture, Evangelicals, Judaism, Religion | Read More

A Time to Weep

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “to everything there is a season” and the current season we are in is Lent. But most of the conversations I’ve had about Lent miss the underlying meaning of this season and focus only on what’s been given up. While Lent does incorporate the practice of giving up,...
April 14th, 2014 | Catholics, Church | Read More

Family Matters: A Biblical perspective one’s duty to the family

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26). These are the words of Jesus, spoken to a crowd of his followers. This is a severe and perhaps surprising assertion....
April 8th, 2014 | Church, Family Issues, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Living a “Christ-Centered” Life is Nobody’s Job but Your Own

I recently saw an online advertisement for a Christian university. The banner across the top of my webpage featured smiling students and, following the name of the school, the tagline, “A Christ-centered education.” This advertisement, like those for many other Christian universities, implies...
March 24th, 2014 | Church, Education, Religion | Read More

“And When You Fast:” Thoughts on Food in Preparation for Great Lent

‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be enslaved by anything. – 1 Corinthians 6:12 As we approach Great Lent every year, a common question pops up in online articles, during coffee hours after Sunday...
March 3rd, 2014 | Catholics, Church, Evangelicals, Food, Religion | Read More

In Defense of Denomination

There is one Body, and there is one Church. There is really no way to get around it—it’s right there in Scripture, coming from the mouth of Saint Paul himself. But unity doesn’t equate to homogeny. This is an issue that the Church universal has struggled with before Christ was even crucified. When...
February 13th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

Heretics and Heresy: On the Intellectual Pursuit of a Christian

Historically, one of the greatest sins in the Christian church has been that of heresy. The theologian Origen was excommunicated when his teachings on the nature of man and God were condemned by the Church. The entire Protestant movement was based in the fact that Martin Luther viewed the Roman Catholic...
January 14th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

This Millennial Isn’t Leaving the Church

I, a millennial, am not leaving the church. Recently there has been a small flashflood of articles unearthing possible reasons and remedies for the ongoing exodus of millennials from the Christian church. I read them as a stranger to the departing crowd. Rachel Held Evans suggested toning down the...
November 21st, 2013 | Church | Read More

I’ll Save My Gucci For Sundays

A smashing outfit is worth a thousand words. I buy what “fits my image” and dress to “make a statement.” Apparel advertising buttons our identity to our body. It encourages self-expression through something visual that we create or select with the cooperation of our minds and our hands. For that...
November 7th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Church | Read More