Why I Don’t Want Anyone’s Magisterium

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There are parts of me that will always be Catholic. The way I dress, for instance, is little more than a holdover from my days at a Catholic prep school. Back in Catholic school we could …

Culture

April 02 2014

Inevitable Faith

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He had always wanted to be a person of faith. To say to mountains, “jump.” But he was not. He often questioned his very salvation. Whether or not he was even saved, what that term …

On Broken Pastors and Golden Calves

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1. I've always been a question pusher, an inquisitor of sorts. I was blazing a trail through the frozen Ozarks on an average weekday—the Boston Mountains rising like guardians over landscape as frozen as a faithless heart—when …

Family

April 01 2014

Grandpa IS in Heaven

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On a Sunday not long ago, a friend and I were having a deep theological discussion. She told me she wasn't sure I was saved because even though we shared the same basic beliefs about Jesus and …

Culture

April 01 2014

The Faith Chapter

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When I was a kid I was awarded—two years in a row—a certificate for “State Winner Perfect” in Bible Drill. That means that by the time I made it to the state championships in my …

Culture

March 31 2014

The Man in the Center

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My parents tell me I used to sit and turn the pages in the My Good Shepherd Bible Story Book illustrated by Richard Hook and when I'd get to page 148, I would always cry. …

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