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The Water and The Kiln

This edition of my church father paraphrases comes from Didymus the Blind, born in the early fourth century and the eventual head of the celebrated catechetical school in Alexandria. Although he became blind at age four and never learned to read, he was nevertheless one of the most learned men of his time, having committed vast amounts of scripture, history, philosophy and the like to memory. It...

Keep The Snakes Away

There is an iconic scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones discovers a long lost tomb and is ready to venture down into it. After prying open the seal, he drop a torch into the depths to see what is below. As soon as it lands, the ground begins to writhe and coil, revealing a pit filled with venomous snakes. Indy, filled with a mixture of disgust and terror, rolls over onto his side...

A False False Teacher

There is a series of posts I have recently discovered entitled The False Teachers. I had actually been meaning to interact with one of the previous installments (and still plan to eventually), but in reading the most recent entry I was struck by what I consider a rather shallow critique. The ‘false teacher’ in question is Teresa of Avila, perhaps most well known for her writings on the mystical...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics: Part 2

About a year and a half ago I penned a post regarding the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Like most of these sorts of sensationalized reports about discoveries that will rock Christianity to its core, the reporting on the subject was far more absurd than the actual claims being set forth by the researcher in question. But then again, these kinds of things generally follow the 10 step process I...

The Road Less Traveled

We all grow up in one way or another, even if it’s only physically. Yet with any luck we as rational beings grow in our utilization of that rationality in some proportion to our increase in stature, and perhaps with a lot of effort may far surpass it. I’m not sure if this is a universal experience, but when I was in college I found that my new-found access to a lot of knowledge led to a somewhat...

Harmony

One way to ensure (or at least greatly contribute to) marital bliss is to frequently employ that most effective of weapons, the Date Night. Love may cover a multitude of sins, but Date Night can cover over the myriad annoyances, bouts of forgetfulness, and simple obliviousness that assaults most men in their attempts to find peace and harmony in home and hearth with the women they love and...

Infinite Vision

The other day I was watching a tutorial video for After Effects, and I become intrigued with the hosts other work. He had created a video about the meaning of the term ‘nano,’ and the essence of the piece was to use different sized things to demonstrate the sense of scale. Beginning with a single hair, the scene zoomed in to the point where the person in the piece was about the size of a red...

Diseased Doctors

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. (James 3:1-2 NIV) For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19 DRA)...

Get What You Want!

One of the struggles we all face is knowing what the heck we should do with our lives. The myriad opportunities and choices we face can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the big questions: What career should I pursue? Whom should I marry? Should I take that job and move to a different state? I have always struggled with knowing what to do, and because I can never approach these...

To Be The Moon

As months wear their way across the years, our faithful ethereal friend keeps time. The shroud of night which lays heavily on us all is pierced through by its borrowed rays, a lunar helpmeet to its brighter cousin. The moon has always been a fascinating yet enigmatic feature of the cosmos, holding humanity in rapt attention. The cycles of day and night fall in step with its dance and we in turn...

The Blasphemy of the Cliché

I am always indignant with poor artists when I see our Lord himself painted with an ugly form, and I am afraid that I may find myself in the same position if I dare to set out such a beautiful theme in rude and contemptible language.[1. St. Anselm, Cur Deus Homo] With these words St. Anselm prefaces his work Cur Deus Homo– Why God Became Man. In what follows he will attempt to expound the...

Art and Theology

I do not worship matter, but the Creator of matter, who for my sake became material and deigned to dwell in matter, who through matter effected my salvation… —St. John of Damascus And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – St. John Human societies, as diverse as...

Likewise

Words. They can aspire to the loftiest heights or wallow in the dingiest gutters. The loveliest sentiment may flow readily from the lips, followed in step by a vile and blackened curse. Gods are panegyricized, philosophical subtleties uncovered and utter nonsense made sacrosanct under their charge, as both the garrulous sage and the loquacious fool share in the spoils. Despite all their...

Anastasis

Something strange is happening- there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. He has gone to search for our first...

Darkness So Far Above Light

I pray we could come to this darkness so far above light! If only we lacked sight and knowledge so as to see, so as to know, unseeing and unknowing, that which lies beyond all vision and knowledge. For this would truly be to see and to know: to praise the Transcendent One in a transcending way, namely through the denial of all things. It is always a difficult thing to talk about God, for a...

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