Pickin’ and Hummin’ in the Harvest

IMG_2259Our family had the great fortune already this fall of attending two celebrations of the harvest with many more to come. The first was a long-standing tradition we have had of going with St. Herman Christian School to our favorite fruit farm in Northborough, MA. The second was a new tradition that we intend to repeat with my parents who now live in the area: the yearly harvest of the largest producer of cranberries in the world, right here in New England! Continue reading

Chesterton Conference Videos

Want to share this link for those who might be interested in seeing my talk on the big screen. I shared an audio version and written version of my talk previously. Now if you wish, for a few well spent bucks, you can see it in living color! Just click on the link below for me and many other amazing speakers. I recommend especially Socrates Meets Jesus.

Shut Up And Memorize It

For our annual back-to-school post, I would like to highlight a new homeschool program we have joined that has brought back great memories for me of learning things by heart when I was a young man. Congratulations to all students on the commencement of a new academic year, and kali dynami or good strength to all in your studies!

Finish this verse: “Watch that wobble, see that wiggle…”
“Cool and fruity, jello brand gellatin…”

If you could complete this little ditty or many others like it without even thinking about it, you have become an unconscious evangelist for a marketing campaign. And if we are so good at unconscious proselytizing for products, could we not consciously put to memory songs and words which ennoble our souls and not just fatten our bodies? Continue reading

Majestic Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore, a monument located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, stands for America’s liberty and justice for all. Continue reading

Disney’s Version of Salvation

And what of us in the West, and particularly in America? Do we have any image that explains our situation as well as Gulag does that of Russia? I am afraid there is an image, most unflattering to us, which is almost our equivalent of Gulag. It is “Disneyland” an image which exemplifies our carefree love of “fun” (a most un-Christian word!), our lack of seriousness, our living in a literal fool’s paradise, unaware or barely aware of the real meaning and seriousness of life.


– Blessed Fr. Seraphim Rose
On Maintaining an Orthodox Worldview
(excerpt)

I have labored for years to understand this word of wisdom from one my most formative of spiritual fathers. The truth of it resonated deeply upon first hearing it, but I have had great difficulty articulating the opinion to those outside of Orthodox Christian influence. After all, Disney means more to us Americans than just another movie theater company. It is a whole experience, a place of pilgrimage, even a complete view of the salvation of mankind, and this was finally made much clearer to me by Disney’s own excellent apologetic for its dogma, Saving Mr. Banks. Continue reading

Treasures New and Old

Mendicant Monk:

Love this post from my boss about some of my favorite Anglicans, especially John Mason Neale, whom I mentioned last year on his feast day. Forgotten heroes and forgotten spiritual practices/treasures go hand in hand.

Originally posted on Trinity Newton Sermons:

Sermon for Sunday, July 27, 2014
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m going to begin today’s sermon with a car.  My first car was a 1977 Chevette that I bought when I was in college for $100 from a music professor at Carleton College.  The best I can say about that car is that the price was right, and that it made me forever grateful for cars that start and get me where I need to go.  The stories I could tell about that car stalling in the middle of nowhere in Minnesota…  To try to better care for that car and restart it when it stalled, I began purchasing tools and also a toolbox that…

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