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Alex Honnold is a 29-year-old rock climbing prodigy. He is the only climber ever to have completed the Yosemite Triple. That’s 7,000 feet of sheer wall in one day. His climbs are absolutely stunning. Take just one example: Moonlight Buttress, called “Moonlight” for short, a climb with 700 feet of splitter finger crack—that’s climber lingo... [Read more...]What is Culture to the Christian?
Those on the outside have the most to complain about. The political party in the minority criticizes the governance of the majority. The losing team bemoans unfair odds and an unbalanced field. The little guy speaks of what he would do differently if only he were in charge. And, increasingly, we Christians grow frustrated with the decline of culture.... [Read more...]Our Daily Culture Shock
Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…] Read More →On the Right Side of Eternity
Whenever a sweeping social change is proposed, champions of the cause often claim to be “on the right side of history.” The reasoning is that, since history is always progressing, any major shift in public opinion signals the dawn of yet another little age of enlightenment. Nowhere is this more pronounced these days than in the debate over whether... [Read more...]Doomed to Celibacy
Everybody loves marriage. We’re taught to adore it from the time we are kids. In fairy tales Prince and Princess Charming’s wedding begins the Happily Ever After. Countless people are avid followers of the latest celebrity marriages. And many spend outrageous amounts of money attempting to imitate them, trying to construct a perfect beginning to... [Read more...]A Larger, Purer Church
The prophetic and oft-cited words of Joseph Ratzinger in 1969 predicted that the ever-increasing confidence and power of the secular culture would cause the Church to lose much of its influence and a great deal of its members, while the faithful remnant would be strengthened by the contrast. Ratzinger said, “The Church of tomorrow will emerge a Church... [Read more...]