Month of Sundays: Compassion

And Jesus went forth and saw much people, and his heart did melt upon them and he healed of them those that were sick. (Matthew 14:14, Tyndale) Published in 1526, William Tyndale’s New Testament was the first New Testament to be translated directly into English from the original Greek. Originally from England, he was forced …

Public Schools and Trade Unions: A Blast From the Past

In view of the massive demonstrations in America's Heartland, and especially Michelle Rhee's CNN article about breaking the iron grip of seniority on teacher hiring and retention, I'd like to repost this 2006 piece (which I wrote while on a superintendent search committee) on the role of the trade union in public education. No discussion …

Non-Compete Clauses for Churches

Just when you think you've seen everything in the Anglican Revolt, we have this: There is a new twist in property settlements that forces fleeing orthodox parishes that wish to disaffiliate from the Episcopal Church over faith and morals. They can keep their properties in a lease back arrangement, but the church cannot affiliate with …

Month of Sundays: Asking

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done–on earth, as in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10.) My mother wasn’t in the best of moods that evening. As I prepared to leave her and my wife in the car and run in the grocery store, she gave me her orders: “I want the greenest bananas in the place!” That …

Civil Marriage: When the State Becomes God

Last week I posted a piece on why it's important not to get too trimphalistic on the French rejection of same sex civil marriage.  That brought a long series of comments from "MichaelPS" who is obviously very familiar with French jurisprudence on this subject.  One of his observations was as follows: It is significant that, …

Month of Sundays: Introduction and Dedication

This coming Sunday I will begin featuring my devotional book, Month of Sundays.  I've already posted the first devotional on happiness; the rest will follow in sequence.  This post is a dedication and the introduction to the book. Dedication This work is associated with several "lasts" and yet another one is the object of this …

School Sisters of Notre Dame: Choose Life

School Sisters of Notre Dame Choose Life (Mark MC 4 329) 1976? If you're looking for an album that epitomises the guitar strumming, non-percussional style of music that dominated Catholic Masses during the 1970's, it's hard to beat this album. On top of that, the School Sisters (from Mankato, MN) perform in the cavernous, reverberant …

The Ten Weeks: Week Ten (14-20 February): When God Touches Your Life, You Are Never the Same

The setting of the novel The Ten Weeks was exactly forty years ago. This is the last of a series of excerpts from the novel, one for each week (except for Weeks Two and Three, which were combined). Click here for more information on the book, including the new e-book version. “There are many unpleasant …

The CIA Has Been Clueless for a Long Time, or "Is this stupidity, or is this treason?" Part II

After yesterday's boffo performance by James Clapper and Leon Panetta, conservatives are justifiably upset at our intelligence community. But there's nothing new about this, as this wrap on the CIA's (in particular) uninspiring performance in the Cold War, from Derek Leebaert’s The Fifty Year Wound: The True Price of America’s Cold War Victory should remind …

Clarifying the French Rejection of Same Sex Civil Marriage

Bill Muehlenberg is absolutely beside himself at the French Court of Cassation's (their plus ou moins equivalent of our SCOTUS) rejection of same sex civil marriage: But the real story here is about all those places which have not legalised it, and/or have fought against it. The media tends not to play up these stories. …

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