A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Apologists: Links to the Series

The Apologists #1: Introduction

The Apologists #2: Pagan Culture and Judaism

The Apologists #3: Justin Martyr, c. 100-165, part 1

The Apologists #4: Justin Martyr, c. 100-165, part 2

The Apologists #5: The Search for Orthodoxy

Saturday at the Cinema: Sorting Out the First Christmas

Friday, December 09, 2016

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Pranksters Prank Park Camera

Wildlife cameras capture photos of jokers dressed as lions

From Associated Press
November 29, 2016 1:12 PM EST

GARDNER, Kan. (AP) — Motion-activated cameras intended to capture images of mountain lions in a Kansas park have instead snapped pictures of pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus.

Police said they found the images on the two cameras at the park in Gardner on Monday.

Interspersed among images of skunks and coyotes were photos of people wearing costumes pretending to be lions wrestling, a gorilla, various monsters and an old person with a walker. And of course Santa made an appearance during the three nights of high jinks.

Cpl. Robert Huff said it was "pretty comical" and "creative." The pranksters have not come forward.

The cameras were established this month to investigate reports of mountain lions. No mountain lions were detected.

Gardner is 30 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

FDR's Pearl Harbor Speech 75 Years Ago Today

Where Thrones Shake

For the great and powerful of this world, there are only two places in which their courage fails them, of which they are afraid deep down in their souls, from which they shy away. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ. No powerful person dares to approach the manger, and this even includes King Herod. For this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly. Here the rich come to nothing, because God is with the poor and hungry, but the rich and satisfied he sends away empty. Before Mary, the maid, before the manger of Christ, before God in lowliness, the powerful come to naught; they have no right, no hope; they are judged. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas).

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Seventy-Five Years after Pearl Harbor, A Hero Returns Home

The Apologists #14: The Church's Response to Heresy, Part 5 (Final Post)


Cyprian was born of well-to-do pagan parents, shortly after 200 A.D. in Carthage. He was trained in rhetoric and law, but found both pursuits unsatisfactory. He converted to Christianity in 248 A. D. becoming a bishop of the church until his martyrdom in 258 under the Emperor Valerian. He was an admitted admirer of Tertullian.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Advent: Hearing the Law in the Cries of a Child

O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai's height in ancient times once gave the law in cloud of majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

God gave the law. It is a gift from God. Indeed, the law is a good gift from God because we need the law. The law provides boundaries, and we human beings need boundaries. Without boundaries we gravitate toward doing what is right in our own eyes.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Producing Evidence for Jesus: A Lectionary Reflection on Matthew 11:2-11

The price that John the Baptist would pay for his prophetic message was his life. He had spoken the word of the Lord without fear. Herod Antipas of Galilee threw John in prison at the fortress of Machaerus because John had publicly rebuked Herod for marrying his brother's wife.

For the moment, John was in prison. Jail cells in those days were terrible places: dark, damp, and infested with rats. When an individual was thrown into prison, he or she was awaiting two things: trial or execution.