Sticks and stones

It may seem out of step to talk about insults during the season that is supposed to be about good cheer and “peace on earth.” But that’s what we get, I suppose, for having Election Day come so close to the start of Advent. Or specifically, this Election Day. Election Day, 2016. Because this one has been, to use a grandfatherly expression, a pip. From start to finish, it was unlike anything…

The problem with ‘peace’

I thought the Orthodox Study Bible footnote to Luke 12:51 (“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.”) was worth extra attention. There are two kinds of peace. False peace, to which Chist refers here, is a shallow harmony that results from ignoring issues of truth. Genuine peace is a reconciliation to God through faith in Christ and surrender to…

White House on Easter: The silence was deafening

Via Mediaite: I think I may have just dislocated my shoulder from cringing too hard. In what is one of the most awkward White House press briefings I’ve yet seen, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney somehow manages to say both not enough and entirely too much. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked why the White House had not sent out a proclamation for Easter. (To put the question in…

Thinking about civility and Orthodox centrism

Recently, talk of civility has been in the news. It’s also something I’ve heard Orthodox friends bemoan. Too much shrillness, not enough mannerly dialoguing. That’s right, of course, when it comes to things that don’t really matter. But the closer you get to the front lines, the louder the noise gets. It is true that we gentle church-going folk need to step away from the fracas this Lent to a quiet place…

Poncho Sunday roundup

It’s an overcast Sunday, Greg is upstairs taking a Sunday nap and so, for some reason, the mysterious little voices in my head told me … it’s time for the poncho! This would be the genuine Stylish Reversible Celtic Poncho that I purchased so proudly a couple years ago, only to find that Greg has to be either absent or unconscious before I get to wear it. I’m not sure what the…