Eschatological Round Table

“And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and theContinue reading “Eschatological Round Table”

One Year of Conciliar Post

Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of my other blogging venture, Conciliar Post. Conciliar Post is a community blogging site dedicated to faithful, serious, and civil dialogue about important theological and cultural issues. Offering theological conversations, journeys of faith, reflections on Christianity, and commentary on current events from a Christian perspective, ConciliarContinue reading “One Year of Conciliar Post”

Discerning Division, Undertaking Unity

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. If you drive through any appreciable stretch of the United States, you are bound to come across churches. In some sparse locales, these places of worship are few and far between, much like the dwellings of those who attend them. In other places, churches abound, with nearly everyContinue reading “Discerning Division, Undertaking Unity”

Women and the Church? Reflections from Romans

In addition to writing here, I also serve as Managing Editor at Conciliar Post, a website dedicated to faithful and serious thinking about important topics. One of the many things I enjoy about Conciliar Post are the monthly Round Table discussions, where several writers offer answers to a question about a contemporary cultural or theologicalContinue reading “Women and the Church? Reflections from Romans”

A (Free) College Education for Everyone?

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. You may have heard that last week President Obama announced an initiative to provide “free” community college education for qualifying students, tentatively defined as those maintaining a “C” average in school. As noted several months ago here at Conciliar Post, the status quo of the American education systemContinue reading “A (Free) College Education for Everyone?”

Reflections on Beginning Anew (Semester)

For as far back as I can remember, the New Year has been something forth looking forward too. In the lull that follows the festivities and joy of Christmas (seeing old friends, eating too much good food, sharing gifts with family), having something to look forward to helps quite the spirit. “New” is invigorating –Continue reading “Reflections on Beginning Anew (Semester)”

Reflections on the Present Age

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Some authors make a lasting impression on one’s mind, for good or for bad. For me, one such writer is Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55), whom I first engaged while an undergraduate at Valparaiso University. While reading Kierkegaard, one cannot help but be flummoxed by large portions of his prose—there’sContinue reading “Reflections on the Present Age”

Living Conciliarly

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”–Stephen R. Covey I have forgotten where I first saw that quote, but I do remember that I was immediately impressed with its accurate assessment of contemporary culture and discourse. How often do we listen, discuss, or read withContinue reading “Living Conciliarly”

Recommended Reading: July 26 – August 1

Below are this week’s collection of recommended blog posts from across the internet. As always, feel free to suggest other things I should be reading in the comments section below. May these links be as thought-provoking for you as they were for me. Cheers, JP Theology and Religion We have all seen (or been aContinue reading “Recommended Reading: July 26 – August 1”