Life as a Priest

Weekly Roundup for 3/18

Along with my new feature meditating on the weekly collects I’ve been thinking about adding a weekly round-up of articles that I read and found thought-provoking, challenging, and interesting. The goal of these posts won’t be to provide a unified canon of thought, but rather a scattering of ideas to challenge and help us to grow in wisdom, learning to understand how those around us process their life, thinking about both the propagation of the gospel and our ethics. Some articles will just be fun. Without further ado, here are five articles worth reading.

Breaking Faith

Peter Beinart statistically examines voting trends and religious involvement. It’s a fascinating piece, especially if you like statistics. I found two points particularly interesting. The first was the surprisingly high number of self-identifying Evangelicals that don’t attend church. Second, as a conservative Christian, I was surprised by the stark difference between the rates of progressive supporters of Hillary verse Berny who attend church.

I’m not sure that it will change much about our situation, but it gave me pause and made me wonder all the more how we engage those who are hostile to faith.

Bring Back the Bees

Cheerios is giving away wildflowers. That’s all. Do what you will with that information. 

Maine, Commas, and Milk

I have a deep-seated hatred and a semi-abusive relationship with commas. I know they’re important, I know they help make writing clearer, but goodness they annoying. Anyway – I’m sure you’ve seen this article about Oakhurst Dairy and the Oxford comma. There are probably better stories, but this was the first one I saw. So next time you have your milk and cereal remember how important the serial comma is. (haha).

The Benedict Option

This article By Fr. Leen Nelson is a great and fairly complete. Fr. Nelson is an earnest and thoughtful presbyter in Texas, I’ve known him a few years, and even when I don’t agree with him, I certainly take his thoughts and opinions seriously. I commend this article to you. With Rod Dreher’s book release this past week a lot of people are talking about the Benedict Option, is it good, bad, or somewhere in between? Fr. Nelson’s discussion is one of many currently.

I’m not certain I’m convinced the Benedict Option is the way; however, I think, at least for Christians, it’s important you know what it is and understands why it’s an important thing to consider. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we engage with culture, and there’s a lot of discussion about this in evangelical circles.

One thing I’ve noticed not being mentioned by many is the evangelical effect of monasteries on the communities around them. The first monastery that comes to mind is St. Columba’s, Iona. From where he lead the conversion of the particularly nasty Picts. I’ll probably blog more about this down the road, but for now, enjoy.

A Short Story about Pears

Okay, this one is a little fluffy. It was a good little short story, and it had everything in it fruit, kids, parenthood, and compassion. I’m not going to lie it made me cry a little. Enjoy it and think about how a small act of kindness can relieve someone’s tremendous burden.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these articles, links, and stories. Let me know if there’s anything that you would like to see on this blog.

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