• Poetry

    I Wonder What You Bleed…

    Written by Evan Meinke   There is nothing worse than to have the desire to cry and finding the inability to. Everything gets bottled up, pressurized, and you just desire to die along with those you view as wretched in your community. This is where we found you at. He was the only one who believed in you. We don’t know a whole lot about your mother who bore you, the woman who conceived you. We do know some of your cousin. He really believed that you could change the world, and that you truly were everything you claimed to be. But it is interesting that at the end of…

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    Liturgical Theology Part II

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   ORTHODOXY LEADS TO ORTHOPRAXIS According to Pope Benedict XVI, “theories, in the area of Liturgy, are transformed very rapidly into practice, and practice, in turn, creates…ways of behaving and thinking.”  The last portion of this paper will give several examples of the practices that logically flow from the various elements of Benedict’s liturgical theology.  First, and perhaps most obviously, kneeling during certain parts of the liturgy fits well with its being an act of corporate prayer and worship.[1]  Benedict points out that this is not only fitting for the liturgy but is also biblical.  He points to Stephen (Acts 7:60), Peter (Acts 9:40), Paul…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Writing On The Wall

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Only customers around us hustlers How you want it? I’ve been through some trouble bruh I survived death’s nightmare during broad daylight, Life’s right there, I refuse to reach out and touch it Far more than stubborn ain’t budging ’cause I love it No budget for this power you see A gangster’s prestige is seething with greed We impoverished the streets ’cause these souls that we eat We don’t bother to keep, We farming with seed that fills the gardens with weed, Poppy plants and coca leaves, You know the story how I got set free, Now I commune with the saints and rock…

  • Blogs,  Guest Contributors

    Liturgical Theology Part I

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   INTRODUCTION In October of 1962, Father Joseph Ratzinger, a 35 year-old priest and professor from Bonn, Germany, was brought to Rome to serve as a peritus (i.e. scholarly expert) for the recently convened Second Vatican Council.[1]  As their first order of business, the Council tackled the issue of liturgical reform and produced its first document, Sacrosanctum Concilium (i.e. “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy”), on December 4, 1963.[2]  Ratzinger, as part of the Council’s progressive wing, whole-heartedly embraced the liturgical reforms called for by the Constitution.[3]  Looking back some 35 years later, he was still able to conclude that “the Constitution on the Liturgy, which…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    Remembering Billy Graham

    Written by Dave Lenehan   This week we are mourning, remembering, and honoring a man who brought the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus to millions of people over many decades.  You likely have a memory moment from Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.  Maybe it was a crusade you attended where you surrendered your life to Jesus.  Perhaps you met Rev. Graham or heard him speak in another setting and God deeply moved you.  While my memory is not spiritually significant, it had an impact on me as a boy that I will always remember. Rev. Graham was going to speak in Massachusetts and was visiting historic Plymouth. Since we lived…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Problem With Sex…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article titled “Protestants and Contraception,”[1] Dr. Evan Lenow of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary explores the link between marriage and procreation, and how contraception has severed this connection. Dr. Lenow does this by looking at the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, written in 1968 by Pope Paul VI, and the implications it has for marriage and the family. Dr. Lenow teaches Ethics at Southwestern, and so he starts out by detailing the experience some of his students have upon first delving into the course material concerning sexuality and reproductive technologies. He says that he often has a few students approach him in the semester…

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    Don’t Objectify Me!

    A Theology of Adornment in the Age of Porneia   Written by Marcia Smith   “Don’t objectify me!” is the loud rallying cry for human dignity heard all across our individual rights obsessed culture today. Speakers addressing the evils of objectification at college campuses can usually expect to find a sympathetic audience of clucking tongues and angrily wagging fingers, most often among the women, as they rain hail fire and brimstone down on the men.1 Society has perhaps never before in history been so characterized by mass disorientation over the human body and the place of freedom. In the current battle over sexual identity and sexual license, and even in…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Who Was I?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Look I couldn’t breathe, still my chest heave weary from the death beat of a heart pushed to its limit running from life ignoring those church folk worked dope, up and down that mid-atlantic coast, doing the most just to boast that I was really about it life plans outed in an existence that was clouded by prayers to the darkness illuminated on the ember of a joint materialized in smoke, spoke to the air prince of which guarantees the success of these our faith in he just increase as he perfects deceit I moved with enemies of my soul’s belief I suppressed it,…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    What Do We Do?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   Her name was Rachel Scott.  When you were in high school, you may have participated in an anti-bullying program called Rachel’s Challenge.  It is being used by hundreds of schools across the country.  Rachel, a believer, was one of 12 students and a teacher gunned down at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s funeral was broadcast on national television.  Prayers for the students and their families poured in from around the globe.  While many other tragic school shootings have taken place since then, Columbine still has an impact on lives today, partly through Rachel’s story and that of other Christian students…

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    A Theology of Nakedness In Art

    Written by Marcia Smith   Curved and tense looms the colossal marble statue of Michelangelo’s David over the public square of Florence’s seat of civic government. Originally commissioned for the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral, he stands just blocks away from it in a wide open space, fully disrobed in a classic Renaissance celebration of the beauty and splendor of pure youth. In allusion to the veiled travesty taking place, his foremother stands outside the Florence Cathedral, clutching an animal skin at her waist in shame, while his promised seed and divine descendent overlooks the interior, resplendent and half-robed on the judgment seat. No explanation is given by the church…