Covetousness & Idolatry

Several times in the NT, Paul associates covetousness with idolatry. In 1 Corinthians, the sin of covetousness is listed right next to idolatry twice in two verses (1 Cor. 5:10-11). But it is explicitly tied together elsewhere: “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is…

Avantgardian Charades

Jonathan Merritt barely represses a swagger as he recounts his prescient foretelling of the doomed conservative Christian resistance to sexual perversion. First, Christians resisted the idea of homosexuality altogether, and now they pathetically and predictably object to the transgender movement and are doomed to fail again. He cites the three major blunders of conservative Christians…

Lewis on the Difference between Colleges and Schools

In an essay on education in Image and Imagination, C.S. Lewis explains the difference between schools and colleges. He says that in schools, the primary activity is teaching, and therefore students are absolutely essential. A teacher must have a student to teach, otherwise  he is sunk. However, students are not necessary for colleges. Colleges, as originally…

Liturgical Patriarchy

If I were to write an article about the dangers of patriarchy, my blog hits would spike the way peoples’ hair stands on end in the cartoons when they get electrocuted. Start talking about the husband being the head of his wife or the wife’s sacred duty of submission to her own husband, and everybody…

A Plea & A Sketch of an Argument on Icons

There are many reasons people find themselves attracted to Eastern Orthodoxy, but one of them is the presence and veneration of icons. Entering a sanctuary full of religious art can seem visually stunning and feel refreshingly spiritual compared to kitschy banners or television screens or hospital-blank walls. For the westerner, icons suggest a certain “eastern”…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

5 Reasons Why You Need Drop Everything and Read “Escape From Reason” Now

I’d like to recommend a short little book to you all, a book I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I had never read before (until last evening and first thing this morning), Francis Shaeffer’s Escape From Reason. And here’s why you should beg, borrow, buy, trade yourself into the possession of a copy of this…

Where’s Your Avant-Garde?

I doubt it’s possible to be human without leaning into the world, leaning into the future. To be made in God’s image, the God of creation, the God of the future, is to have this disposition naturally occurring in human nature. Though because of sin and death, it frequently occurs bent and distorted, often leaning…

Wisdom & Folly, Piercings & Lemmings

A few days ago I tweeted this: “Nose piercings are not sinful. They’re just pretty decent indicators of a college student’s spiritual IQ” — and since I’ve received a few questions about it, I thought I’d follow up with a bit more explanation. First, the primary aim of the tweet wasn’t to get the world…

Where I Should Breathe

I feel words like hands holding My hands, leading me down a path Blindfolded while my feet trip Over stones stitched together By centuries of stepping and the taste Of briny rocks and anemone Filling up my mouth.   Stopping, the hands pull the Cloth from my eyes. One hand Shields against the glinting glare,…