Diabolical Devotions: Subverted Spirituality in The Screwtape Letters

  On 22 January 2012, I enjoyed the privilege of speaking to a fine group of folks who gathered at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church.  Many thanks to Nina Rach for the invitation, Lori Tischler for the help and enthusiasm, to Heather Hughes for asking for audio, to Jackie Ballesteros for the support in making all the arrangements, to Pastor Laurey...
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I don’t believe in Christmas (2010 revision)

I don’t believe in Christmas, this American disease, this chance to flaunt our less-than-seemly sides and they are Legion. In other seasons mostly I don’t mind so much this jangling sound, this cry like an alarm designed to stir me from the stupor of the everyday; yes, usually let bells ring out, even the rusty ones, and out of tune, but all this noise just jars me now, and pushes me to...
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Pondering a Pair of Parables

(A Sunday School Lesson from St. John the Divine, Houston Texas, 15 August 2010–the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin) Luke 18: 1-14 (ESV) The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge, and The Pharisee and the Tax Collector And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor...
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