The Need to Recover a Sense of Distinction

In Philadelphia I’m struck by how many women I now see on the street wearing the hijab or even the burqa. Some of my friends are annoyed by that kind of “in your face” Islam. But I understand it. The hijab and the burqa say two important things in a morally confused culture:  “I’m not […]

C.S. Lewis on the Gospel and the World

I believe that there are many accommodating preachers, and too many practitioners in the church who are not believers. Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’ The Gospel is something completely different. In fact, it is directly opposed to the world. —C.S. Lewis, […]

Reform and Renewal: Everyone Can Do Something

The paragraphs below are taken from the beginning and the end of this excellent article by Anthonly Esolen. Read the rest for seven more ways to begin reforming and renewing the culture. What shall we do now? The answer is both daunting and liberating. We do everything.
 That doesn’t mean that I do everything, or that you […]

Modernists, Nones, and What God Will Do

So the modernists eviscerated the church and cleansed it of the supernatural. They brought in banal hymns, even more banal sermons about being nice to one another, built flying pancake churches and brought in awful rock bands and polyester vestments and told everyone to just try a little bit harder to be nice folks. And […]

A Well-Placed Light

We Christians are not supposed to hide our lights under a bushel basket, and we’re also not supposed to glare at others, sending them scurrying back into the shadows. At the Transfiguration, Jesus’ dazzling brightness did not sting the eyes of the apostles. A light that is well placed does not repel others; it attracts […]