On Christ and Shadows

How, exactly, might a Lenten practice “shadow” the Christ who is its substance? This question come from a reader, who was tracking with my “Shadowing Christ at Lent” post, but wanted to drill down a bit into how to think through the Christological implications of a practice of fasting. It seems that all the rage […]

Luther’s Insults

You moderate enforcer and eulogizer of moderation. You are one of those bloody and deceitful people who affect modesty in words and appearance, but who meanwhile breathe out threats and blood. (Luther, “Against Latomus,” Luther’s Works, 32, p. 142) That is how I was insulted by Luther today. Indeed, there is a seemingly endless supply […]

The Wisdom of Stability

33 months. 20 months (minus four). 20 months (minus four). 14 months. 4 months. 27 months. 24 months. 12 months. 36 months. 20 months. 42 months, and counting… That’s how long I’ve lived at various street addresses since high school. Barely ever eking out three years. Granted, there were 72 total months in Durham, NC, […]