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The Top 10 Times Jesus Wasn’t Nice

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

My two small children have a knack for boiling all virtue and vice down into two categories: “Nice” and “mean.” I’m no grouch about that. I want nice children. And as basic civic values go in a diverse society, decency, courtesy, and tolerance are important. “Nice” works a lot of the time. But when more…

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Conserving the West

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

Sir Roger Scruton was born four years after Winston Churchill’s encouragement to his people after Dunkirk. Scruton is unabashedly Western and English. He is a nationalist and Christian, and he is extremely skeptical of the post-war values that have subsumed his society and culture. He worries about the West, and in his advancing years he…

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The End of Beauty

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

We Christians do not swear by our altars or the precious metals that surround them; but we should focus on their purpose, their end. We build beautiful churches, design beautiful buildings, and care about our personal appearance for a reason. We who love the Lord cherish the stuff around us because it is his, and…

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The Conservative Christian Mind

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

In 1953 Russell Kirk published his famous manifesto The Conservative Mind, which offered a narrative account of a movement that contrasts with post-Enlightenment progressivism. From its beginning, conservatism has been against things and for things. It is not an inexplicable series of reactions. It is neither standing still nor walking backward. Some changes are intolerable, but many changes are desirable,…

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Gratitude

By Andrew | March 15, 2018

Grateful. I want to invite you to think about gratitude with me. As a priest, I have the honor of celebrating the Holy Eucharist, the principal act of Christian worship going all the way back to the beginning of the Church. I reflect often on the fact that Eucharist means Thanksgiving. In the midst of…

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Guaranteed Grace

By Andrew | February 15, 2018

Grace is the activity of God in our lives and in the life of the world. Grace is the way we talk about a God who intervenes. Grace is the way we know that God will never leave us alone. Grace is the guarantee of transformation from Him who knows us better than we know…

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Bogey in the Big 80’s

By Andrew | January 11, 2018

The Netflix original series Stranger Things, which debuted in 2016, is an unapologetic homage to ’80s weirdness and goodness. Moreover, it is a fairy tale. And as G.K. Chesterton says, “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the…

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World without end: Transhumanism and the eternal

By Andrew | January 11, 2018

I have recently tasted a luscious fruit of modernity for the first time in my life: surgery. It was a simple matter that required less than 30 minutes of my doctor’s time; but what a revolution for me. When I awoke from my first experience of anesthesia, I was missing an impacted wisdom tooth that…

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Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Episcopal Church

By Andrew | November 8, 2017

The Episcopal Church is still a reasonable place to be an ideological conservative. Likewise, it is a place to cultivate humility. It is the radicals and activists who, rightly or wrongly, dive out into the open sea looking to be thrown a lifeline. A conservative prepares for a long exile, no doubt accompanied by a…

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Review: The Benedict Option

By Andrew | November 8, 2017

Rod Dreher’s writings were a breath of fresh air when I first encountered them. I saw something of my family life in his “crunchy cons.” We homeschool. We don’t have cable. We eat organic food. We pray together. I pastor a small but growing congregation that is already something of a world within a world.…

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