We Are Consumers and Ascetics

UPDATE: The audio of Father Jensen’s lecture has now been posted at Ancient Faith Radio. It’s well worth your time. Audio: East Meets West: Consumerism and Asceticism *** Attending Acton University last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was one of the highlights of the year for me. Aside from hearing from some speakers I’ve long admired (J.…

Trails Worth Hiking

I took the above picture last weekend while out on a hike with Jesse. His 25-pound frame hunkered in a backpack about my torso, he and I hiked some of the trails at Garden of the Gods. It’s a nearby park that I think a national treasure. Set against an oft snow-capped Pikes Peak, huge…

The South, Memory, and Meaning

I miss the South these days, which are odd days to miss it, since it’s being smothered by wet heat like a hot towel in a sauna. Nevertheless, the South is my home, and I miss her. I blame Warren Cole Smith for reminding me. To mark the forty-sixth anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s death, in…

>Character: The LOST King

>Live together, die alone. That couldn’t be more fitting. Like no telling how many millions of people, last night we were caught up in the season finale of one of the most successful television shows of all time: Lost. Much like my reading list, most of the TV-watching I do is focused on nonfiction: documentaries,…

>The Gospel Way

>Often times those who came before us seem to capture elegance and eloquence so much better than we. I wanted to share an example of that with a prayer I have been meditating on for several weeks. The Puritans had such a way of using words well.The Gospel Way Blessed Lord Jesus,No human mind could…

>A Crossroads

>This the first time I’ve written in quite a while. But I feel I have plenty of reason. I just learned I was not selected for National Public Radio’s Kroc Fellowship. I knew my chances were slim — only three out of 350 applicants are awarded — but that doesn’t dull my disappointment. It’s not…

>Words (Originally from July 10, 2008)

> As I ineptly attempt to modify all the nuances of this new beast, I thought I would clue whatever readers I have in as to why I’m now experimenting in the blogosphere. I’m not new to social networking sites, as I have had a Facebook for almost three years, but a blog offers something…