For I Have Loved You From the Start Or: In the Beginning Was the Song of Songs

—from Three Philosophies of Life by Peter Kreeft (pp. 102-103) The first and most obvious thing Song of Songs says about love it says in its very title: that love is a song. Now this is an image or symbol, of course. Love is not literal, physical song, though it naturally expresses itself in that […]

Silence is the love of the one Word.

135. In The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen…writes: … Sometimes it seems that our many words are more an expression of our doubt than of our faith. It is as if we are not sure that God’s Spirit can touch the hearts of people: we have to help him out and, with many words, […]

Accommodation and the Lure of Sleeping in on Sundays

It was this conviction deficit, above all, that explains the failure of accommodationist churches to keep believers in the pews. + Here their emulation of Jesus proved fatally incomplete. In their quest to be inclusive and tolerant and up-to-date, the accommodationists imitated his scandalously comprehensive love, while ignoring his scandalously comprehensive judgments. They used his […]

It’s Bad Religion

That’s because America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too little of it. It’s bad relgion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place. + In this America, too, the Christian teaching that every human soul is unique and precious has been stressed, by the […]

Illusion and Factual Frugality

But when it comes to our routine choices and decisions, most of act as though we are by no means strangers and nomads here below. We assume that we belong here, that this is our fatherland, that our security is enhanced by a higher salary, a paid-up mortgage, and adequate coverage by insurance. Most people […]

The Evil One Cannot Stay

The evil one cannot stay in a relationship that is being filled by Jesus Christ. —from Healing the Family Tree by Dr. Kenneth McAll, Ch. 7: The Dark World

On Being Able to Do His Will

Jesus, confronted by a leper, was filled with compassion for the sufferer, and the more we can identify with the feelings of Jesus towards a person, the greater is the degree to which we are able to do his will on behalf of that person. —from Healing the Family Tree by Dr. Kenneth McAll, Ch. […]