Amid the commemorations and celebrations of Martin Luther nailing several Latin points for disputation upon his local bulletin board, there has been some discussion about whether the Reformation “failed” or “succeeded.” The answer, of course, depends on what you think the Reformation’s goal was. But to enable you to reach your own conclusions, I thought a scorecard might be helpful. (more…)
Good poetry is hard to find, because it’s even harder to write. These days most verse is trite and sentimental doggerel, and much of the more creative stuff is emotionally self-destructive. Yet there is good poetry out there, which can bring us closer to God.
George Herbert is one of the best poets in the English language, and one of the most famous of the Metaphysical Poets of the 17th C. Here is one of his more famous poems (taken from ccel.org): (more…)
In honor of yesterday’s feast of Corpus Christi, in some Latin liturgical calendars, here is a narration of my experience leading up to my first communion. I remember how I described those events at the time, without Christian jargon which was then unfamiliar to me, because of the impression they made on me, both because of their force and because of how unexpected they were.
When I decided to become a Christian, I started visiting churches on Sunday mornings, and in the course of four weeks I visited three churches, one a Calvary Chapel and the other two both Presbyterian churches. I think none of these churches offered communion more than once per month, but in four consecutive weeks I was offered communion three times. (more…)