Black Adam and The Parochial Demigods of Pop Culture 

As the city of Troy is burning in Virgil’s poem The Aeneid, our intrepid hero Aeneas is left to decide what little he can save from the fires of the barbarian Greeks as they lay siege to the once mighty civilization. With little time, the pious warrior prince ceases his son and the household deities,Continue reading “Black Adam and The Parochial Demigods of Pop Culture “

Hummel Travel Log – True Diversity in the Most Humble of Places

I don’t typically meet new friends randomly on walks but I was happy recently when I stumbled upon a young woman struggling to assemble a tent on the lawn of my apartment complex. I struck up a short conversation with her out of curiosity and discovered that she and her husband had lived in thisContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – True Diversity in the Most Humble of Places”

Hummel Travel Log — Departing a Childhood Home in Suburban Illinois

There are a limited number of times in life when one permanently closes a door for the last time. Maybe it is the last time you visited your childhood home or the last time you visited a loved one before they died, but the result is the same. There will eventually be a moment inContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log — Departing a Childhood Home in Suburban Illinois”

A Year With(Out) Norm MacDonald – Catching Up on the Obvious

The one-year passing of comedian Norm MacDonald really snuck up on me this year. September 14th marked the one-year passing of the 61-year-old comedian from Leukemia; that he had evidently been facing quietly and never addressing to the public. In the past year, I’ve really fallen in love with Norm MacDonald’s work. In true artistContinue reading “A Year With(Out) Norm MacDonald – Catching Up on the Obvious”

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today

By Simon Maass Reading Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “strenuous life” speech nowadays elicits, mainly, two reactions. Firstly, one is struck by the strength of the late statesman’s character – Roosevelt’s biography leaves no doubt as to his sincerity in expounding “the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife.”Continue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today”

On Battlefields and Common Prayers: Meditations on the Civil War, Devotion and Eternity

It has been a great honor in the past two years that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel across the United States in ways that I previously wasn’t. Some of it was for work or family, but other opportunities came just as a chance to finally stretch my legs after 26 years ofContinue reading “On Battlefields and Common Prayers: Meditations on the Civil War, Devotion and Eternity”

Trigger Warning: The Episcopal “Church” isn’t a Church

By Tripp Parker Any institution that denies doctrines historically affirmed by Christians for the past two thousand years isn’t a Church, even if it used to be. Worse, such an institution, by rejecting those doctrines, will soon cease to be an institution at all. Which institution am I referring to? Any number of mainline ProtestantContinue reading “Trigger Warning: The Episcopal “Church” isn’t a Church”

In the Presence of the Holy Spirit: On Visiting an Episcopal Cathedral and an Orthodox Parish

It is said that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there [Christ is] among them,” according to Matthew 18:20. One wonders what that means you walk into a church where the spirit has seemingly forsaken the congregation. There are few experiences more draining than stepping into a dying church. There is anContinue reading “In the Presence of the Holy Spirit: On Visiting an Episcopal Cathedral and an Orthodox Parish”

The Spiritualism of The Northman: The Anti-Medievalism, Pagan Vitality, and Post-Christian Anxiety of Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers’ newest film The Northman is a wonderful addition to the filmography of one of modern cinema’s best directors of horror and mythology. The director of The Witch and The Lighthouse returned this April with his largest budget film yet to deliver a lengthy viking epic based on the legend of Amleth — theContinue reading “The Spiritualism of The Northman: The Anti-Medievalism, Pagan Vitality, and Post-Christian Anxiety of Robert Eggers”

C.S. Lewis Reflections on Despair and Human Worth

I wish to present a few choice quotes from the great C.S. Lewis to meditate on this week as the ongoing debates about abortion continue… I felt the need to dig up a handful of these quotes when I saw the image above, the sad image of a young millennial woman who holds abortion inContinue reading “C.S. Lewis Reflections on Despair and Human Worth”