maxresdefault Culture-War Vertigo? Free-Solo Fear? Mind the Rock

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...]

1798 ---  by William Holland --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS 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...]

8581_Pluralism-Photomontage-628x309 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 →

photo8 If Jiminy Cricket Had a Halo

I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience, Lord High Keeper of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong, Counselor in Moments of High Temptation, and Guide Along the Straight and Narrow Path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket. -Blue Fairy Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy, and to do so he must be “brave, true, and unselfish,” just as the Blue Fairy says.  But... [Read more...]

5037861309_8ec56f1814_b On Stones, Gourds, and Hissing

1600 years after his death, St. Jerome is remembered, fondly, for his Vulgate—a corrected Latin translation of the Scriptures. This endeavor certainly stands tall among the accomplishments of Western literature, and his critics, such as they were in the fifth century, have largely been forgotten. But that’s just it. Looking back in hindsight, trials... [Read more...]

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA The Embers of Evangelization

“I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49 Jesus began to ignite the world by providing His apostles with the kindling of His teaching and example.  These men were the embers that the Holy Spirit would fan into a flame at Pentecost—a flame that, whenever it came into contact with another properly... [Read more...]

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