Cyrus Trump and the Border Catastrophe

A great cry rises up from San Ysidro to Brownsville as mother’s weep for their children. In Calexico, Nogales, Santa Teresa, and Laredo children live in terror of being torn from their families as pawns in a political game. If Donald Trump is Cyrus, he’s acting more like Herod, who ravaged families in Bethlehem over […]

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Imperial Demise: An American-Made Crisis in the EU

While this might be a broad generalization, Empires tend to decline over time from within by institutional failure in it’s main centers of social, political, and economic power; however, this internal unraveling is often manifested on the peripheries of imperial control. This was the case in Rome, where corruption and political malfeasance in the halls […]

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Theotokos and the Beatles

    When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom “Let it be” – Paul McCartney, The Beatles  – “Let It Be” *Note: For the […]

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Platonic Madness – Heaven’s Gift

Kay Redfield Jamison quotes Plato in her book Touched With Fire that explores Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament: Madness, provided it comes as the gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings… the men of old who gave things their names saw no disgrace or reproach in madness; otherwise […]

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Ecology, Energy and the Economy – Part I

St. Jude’s Tavern is meant to be a watering hole where various ideas are discussed. The barroom conversation has been dominated by the theological and aesthetic of late, so I am going to shift emphasis here and post on some other important global issues. In discussing Ecology, Energy, and the Economy I will make a […]

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On Sailing to Byzantium

And therefore I have sailed the seas and come To the holy city of Byzantium. – WB Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium   I have been interacting a good deal over the last eighteen months or so with Eastern Orthodoxy in general and with the Church Fathers in particular. As a Protestant why would I do […]

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Revisiting the Wilderness

“The wilderness is the route of promise on the way to the land, or the wilderness is unbearable abandonment to be avoided by return to slavery.” – Walter Brueggemann In his book on the parables of Jesus, Kingdom, Grace, Judgement, Robert Capon calls Scripture a treasury of icons that God has given us to mark out […]

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