One Body and One Loaf: Eucharistic Unity Through the Theology of St. Bonaventure

I have many Roman Catholic friends. Leading from my time at Saint Louis University and continuing through various scholarly engagements I often get an opportunity to discuss history and theology with Roman Catholics who are very well educated in their tradition and practice, some of whom are leading scholars in their fields. In these conversations the topic of conversation often turns toward ecumenical rapprochement and […]

On Reading Fairy Tales

One of the main characters of That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis is Mark Studdock, who was a sociologist but his true passion was being a part of the so called “inner circle.” He wanted to belong to the elite that would bestow glory and power. On the other hand, he never was a very self-confident person and so the only way to make […]

By the Spirit

The first Pentecost meant many things, fulfilling many types, shadows, and prophecies from the Old Testament. Pentecost marked the beginning of a new creation, and a new humanity. Just as the Spirit hovered over the waters of the original formless and void creation to shape and fill it, so the Spirit of God rushed like a wind over the assembled believers to form them into […]

Music in Wartime

Before the summer is out, the US Supreme Court will hand down a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case. Every other week, ISIS releases a new video of masked fighters beheading Christians, and the rest of the Middle East is in chaos. Boko Haram terrorizes parts of Nigeria, and Somali gunman attack a Christian college in Kenya. US relations with Russia are […]

Galatian Temptations

The kingdom of God has come upon us, Jesus said. The justice of God is revealed in the gospel, Paul said. Whoever is in Christ, there is new creation. Isaiah’s visions of lions and lambs and a peaceable kingdom are visions about the effect of the Messiah’s first advent. If all that is past, if God’s justice has been established in the world, and if […]