Category: Piety

Every New Day, Love Song for a Savior, and Dechurching

I was at the last show Five Iron Frenzy played outside Colorado. In 2004 they passed through Lincoln on their way back home for their final two shows, both played in their hometown of Denver. But before that they played...

/ March 18, 2022

Panopticon Discipleship

(I’m just trying to do some short stuff that would’ve gone on Twitter, in much less thoughtful, developed form, on the personal blog instead.) One of the trends I have noticed in many conversations with people who have left the...

/ February 16, 2022

Should Religious Conservatives Aspire to Notoriety?

As I was publishing my notes on the First Things story, Rod Dreher was typing up another set of thoughts on the matter. Attempting to keep up with Rod is a perilous thing, of course, especially when one has small children...

/ May 15, 2020

Eucharistic Presence and the Life of Faith

I’m co-teaching a class at my church on the sacraments right now. One benefit is that I have a reason to go back over the old reformed confessions. Here is the Belgic Confession (1561) on the Eucharist:

/ October 23, 2019

Liturgical Jigs and Millennial Burnout

In his book The World Beyond Your Head Matthew Crawford uses the idea of a jig to explain how a carpenter might go about accomplishing a task more quickly and efficiently. Jigs are a kind of hack, a method for doing...

/ July 24, 2019

Dealing with Burnout Like a Christian

Chris Krycho: For the last several months, I’ve been experiencing what I initially described as mild burnout. I’m not sure how mild it is at this point, but I’m definitely still experiencing it. As a result, I’m still thinking about how to mitigate...

/ September 17, 2018

On Not Being Like Juan Gines de Sepulveda

If you haven’t read Catherine Addington’s post on the main page today, please do.

/ June 11, 2018

Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 2018

Brief notes on this question: First, Rod is correct in his response to Walther in which he notes the extremely American characteristics of American Catholicism. Moreover, this is a trend that goes back some time—at least to JFK’s awful speech...

/ May 8, 2018

Too Proud to Enjoy the Enjoyable

Hannah Anderson: We may abdicate positions of power, give away extra material goods, and move into smaller homes. But if we do it out of guilt (and make sure to broadcast our sacrifices loudly enough), our experience of the world...

/ August 22, 2017

A Holy Sigh

Sibbes: There is never a holy sigh, never a tear we shed, which is lost. And as every grace increases by exercise of itself, so does the grace of prayer. By prayer we learn to pray. So, likewise, we should...

/ August 22, 2017