Lisel Mueller’s Radiant Vision of the World

I first read these words in the basement level of a Chicago bookstore close to twenty years ago and I knew Lisel Mueller was a woman to be trusted: In Passing How swiftly the strained honey of afternoon light flows into darkness   and the closed bud shrugs off its special mystery in order to […]

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A Confession

I am not a learned man, as I sit in this empty room I admit the diplomas on my wall are certificates of debt – nothing more; perhaps if my learning did not come through an untamed curiosity and fits of wild distraction I could speak higher of my higher education.   My library is […]

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Somewhere in Between

It’s hard to live somewhere in between the gutter and the stars to sing rhapsodic songs in the tangled wreckage of yesterday’s swirling storms   Harder still to believe silence isn’t a threat but a holy invocation into an unspoken litany an invitation that melts memory of the mire and night’s indigo shine into a […]

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A Lullaby in the Storm

Don’t worry child, the flickers aren’t the horror film projection of your nightmares, or the fiery arrows of an intemperate god. The rumbles aren’t the drumbeat of giants warring in the sky, or boulders crashing down the mountain. The sheets of water that beat the window beside your bed aren’t a wind-blown flood, or a […]

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One Giant Leap

When I think of progress, I see men bounding on the moon In a ballet of awkward beauty, And I hear the laughter of children Bouncing on the playground During a recess potato-sack race, Moved forward by an unassuming bliss.   Which makes me wonder what it was like To live in a country that […]

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Note To Self Regarding Old Songs

  Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.                                                                                                                                   Ecclesiastes* 7:10   I went mining for memories in music made old by decades and dust, Only to find yesterday’s songs stuck in yesterday.   There was the ballad that […]

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A Reformed Case for Universalism

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
by Jedidiah Paschall I am neither a scholar nor the son of a scholar. In truth, I am a son of a plumber, a Bible College dropout typically content to work away at fiction and poetry. This is not to say that I have not studied these matters carefully or…

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David Bentley Hart on Universalism and Persons

Whenever a David Bentley Hart lecture hits youtube, it generates a certain amount of buzz among his fans, of which I am one. This is his most recent lecture on universalism and it is quite good, as he ties the argument for universalism to what it means to be a person (hint, ‘no man is […]

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Christmas in an Age of Contagion

As Advent gives way to Christmas, we hear the angelic song, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men…” (Luke 2:14) announced at the birth of Jesus. However, twenty centuries later any honest person must ask where is this peace? We see what Jesus foretold in the Olivet Discourse regarding the […]

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The Damned May Enter – Introduction Video (Take 2)

I reworked and expanded on The Damned May Enter introduction video. I am still working on getting the audio a little clearer. There is some background noise here. Bear with me as I work on getting higher quality videos to my reading audience. Here goes:

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