After Obergefell – A Pastoral Letter

Dear Congregation, Social media is awash with rants for and against the ruling from the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) yesterday regarding homosexual marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). My contribution on Facebook was simply to quote relevant sections of the dissents written by the four judges in the minority. Even though there are some legal technicalities in these dissents regarding due process, the 14th amendment, and more, I would nevertheless […]

Law and Imagination

After the Civil War, the hobbled nation and fractured races looked about for leadership; animosity was high and envy was crouching at the door. Booker Taliaferro Washington, up from slavery, surveyed the rising tension and injustice, foreseeing civil unrest and chafing inequalities, eschewed, remarkably, a legislative remedy and advised a different path for the advancement of his race: through education and work, communal and economic […]

They Played the Flute for Me – But I Couldn’t Dance

The ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges “came down” on Friday morning, June 26, 2015, like a bolt from Zeus. Many who refuse to bow to the dictates of our Olympians will write trenchant legal, theological, and cultural/political analyses of the court’s ruling. What I’m comfortable contributing to the historical record, however, is simply how this all feels to a forty-something, orthodox Christian in what are […]

After Obergefell

Orthodox Christianity has lost all cultural potency in the U.S. No one defending traditional marriage before the court dared raise the fundamental question: Who creates marriage, God or the state? Theology has no public standing, no persuasive force in the culture at large. Obergefell is another nail in the coffin of the Protestant establishment. It’s not the first nail, or the last. It may be […]

Dust of Snow

One will rarely come upon a classical allusion in a Robert Frost poem. His poetic scheme was to follow the speaking patterns of common folk, to use their words and images to achieve his point. Despite this simplicity, there is a depth and richness to his poetry that can be missed by the inattentive. “Dust of Snow,” first published in his third book, the Pulitzer […]