Category: Piety

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

The Need to be Outside Christianity

Vanauken: Davy and I, we later decided, were immeasurably helped in our serious look at Christianity by where we considered ourselves to be: we did not at all suppose that we were Christians, just because we were more or less...

/ January 26, 2017
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Happiness Drives Sacrifice

Calvin on the relationship between human happiness and worship: Until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by his paternal care, and that he is the author of all their blessings, so that nought is...

/ January 8, 2017