Category Archives: Talks


  To my great surprise and delight, I received a note from my favorite podcaster, Sister Dr. Vassa Larin, host of the wildly popular video series Coffee with Sister Vassa. Sr. Dr. Vassa is a Russian Orthodox ryassofor nun, author of many scholarly articles and a monograph on Byzantine liturgy and theology, and outspoken public […]

“C.S. Lewis on Stage”: The Fullness of Life

  Why does a Cambridge University professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature continue to fascinate the world more than fifty years after his death? The London Times ranked C.S. Lewis eleventh on their list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Plays and movies have been written about this long dead professor, and Lewis’ […]

Coming October 1…

In Lakewood


President and Mrs. Bush, I want to say a personal word on behalf of many people. Thank you, Mr. President, for calling this Day of Prayer and Remembrance. We needed it at this time. We come together today to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may […]

Thomas Hart Benton: The Prodigal Son

When reading Peter Hitchens wonderful book The Rage Against God I was particularly struck by his personal reflection on Thomas Hart Benton’s The Prodigal Son. I wanted to post a blog about that but found that Dennis Skinner had done it for me. So why try to reinvent the wheel. Here it is: The Other […]

Meditation on Matthew 22: 34-46 – Bates College Chapel – 10/26/08

Matthew 22:34-46 “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and […]

Meditation on Luke 15:1-10 – Bates College Chapel – 9/16/07

My first thought after reading the scripture was to recall getting lost while driving between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois this summer. On the drive, I learned that there are two signs you are lost:  1) absolute confidence that you are going the right way and hence are not lost, and  2) the subsequent […]

Radical Feminist Calls for Religion to Lead the Artistic Renaissance

Who would expect a self-avowed pro-choice, libertarian atheist to call for a renaissance of America’s fine arts through religion?

Is EVERYONE Going to Heaven?

That question arose at a Princeton University Karl Barth Conference, as reported by Joel Garver at Sacra Doctrina.