A Non-Manifesto Manifesto

You don’t actually have to choose between apples and oranges! You can like them both! Not liking apples does not increase your enjoyment of oranges! If you do not like apples, you do not have to tell people who do like them that they are wrong! If someone tells you that you are not a […]

Part 3. The Eucharist in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 – “The Cup”

“After supper,” Jesus took the cup (11 Cor. 11:25). According to Paul, the Last Supper started off with breaking bread, followed by a meal, and finally concluded with the sharing of the cup. Hence, the rite would have looked very different from what is typically practiced in churches today. The rite would have included not […]

Hercule Poirot and the Fate of Civilization: A Parable

There is a strange alchemy that happens when we read a good novel. Something fantastic happens when we combine some ink scratches on paper with our imagination. Whole worlds are formed as if out of nothing, populated with multitudes. Characters that didn’t exist moments before, oddly dear to us. When I read a Poirot novel, […]

The Gaze

I think we typically like to think of ourselves as autonomous people who stand on our own two feet, and do not require anyone else to be who we are. There is likely something of value in this, but I think it is off the mark in at least one important way. I do not […]

Are You a Liberal or Conservative Christian?

I heard a story a while ago about a Rabbi who visited Northern Ireland. He came to a check point while traveling about the country in a car, and slowed down and stopped. After he rolled down his window, the guard asked, “Are you Catholic or Protestant?” The Rabbi answered, “I am Jewish!” There was […]