A retrospective of my work on Radio Beloved.
“As the sparks fly upward” I II III IV–V VI. The great paradox of the gospel is that it seeks to individually dissolve the individual. The man or woman who stands alone before God must alone bow the knee, submit the will, and covenant with the Lord of all mankind.
“God is a man of war, and Cain his first saint”. I cannot help but query still if any war is justifiable. Is it not a sin to point to extenuating circumstances? Does that not challenge the validity of God’s Law and the reach of Christ’s Atonement?
Ruminations on a Weltanschauung. Even if we could agree, we can’t solve every problem that exists. If we could, what use a Savior?
Becoming sons and daughters of God. The danger of trying to interpret Jesus, or indeed any aspect of the gospel, is that one will interpret it in such a way as to validate one’s own actions and existence.
Barth Thoughts. To continue in our quotidian tasks without introspection requires justification (to be declared righteous); we fabricate said justification from religion.
Co-opting the cultural left. Contemporary conservatism can ultimately only lose. It stakes out positions and defends them. Yet, in each case, one victory by the left takes all the ground away, no matter how many years the conservatives fight it.
The gospel of circumference. Act in such a way that your potential for future good is maximized.
Nihility: A brief response to Nishitani. How does the Atonement answer the otherwise-inevitable “standpoint of emptiness” that arises facing the abyss?
Eli, eli, lama sabachthani. It’s easy to be Christlike in a world where everyone is Christlike; similarly, it is easy to have faith when everything precipitates faith. It is not easy to have faith when the wellsprings of heaven have dried up and the memories of far green fields fade into the hazy past.
The blood of righteous Abel. Abel, son of Adam and in the patriarchal line of the priesthood, is a little-understood figure who seems to have far less folklore and curiosity surrounding his person than other similarly mysterious figures such as Melchizedek and Enoch.
The parable of the entrusted talents. The etymology of talent in modern English is heavily influenced by this identification of the historical meaning of the word as an amount of money with this parable in Matthew.
The analogy of being. It is a very different thing to know that God is the greatest of all and to suppose that he is God because there must be a greatest.
A corn of wheat. Self-fulfillment is a relatively modern notion, but it finds little scriptural support.
Time only is measured unto men. What books we could read, what books we could write, what languages we could learn, what dreams we could realize, if we were just willing to reach forward and turn off the television.
That ye may have life…. Death is separation, whether from God, from others, or from ultimately one’s own potential. Freedom from death is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, freedom to have no elements of death in your life–but freedom is burdened by choice.
A corn of wheat. A collection of four of my earlier essays.