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By: Citizenship in Stalag 13 | Front Porch Republic

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:53:01 +0000

[...] land of what Miss O’Connor called the Do-It-Yourself religion I am being left behind like the bad Krustian I [...]

By: What Do We Make of the “Loaded Guns” Panel? « Juicy Ecumenism

Wed, 16 May 2012 20:47:49 +0000

[...] to conform to an ideology of pacifism. In the context of youth, this stance is inhibiting emergent Krustians from teaching the historic truths of the faith to their children. Share this:MoreLike this:LikeBe [...]

By: Shelley Burbank

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:23:17 +0000

This was a funny and thought-provoking essay (love the picture of the regurgitating jack o'lantern, too). Brought up on the Jerry-Falwell- Conservative-Baptist plan, I bolted from religion about two seconds after I left for college. However, I do see the value of traditional Christian practices and am always intrigued by Catholicism. Who wouldn't be inspired by those soaring, Gothic cathedrals and stained glass windows and echoing voices of choirs singing old and reverent songs? If only we could pick the parts of a religion we could embrace with a clear and joyful conscience while rejecting the offensive stuff (abuses of power and money and inappropriate behaviors by leadership, for instance.) Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work that way. You either have to be in or out. ( Or maybe I can just sneak in quietly and sit in the back pew?) I'd love to be part of a religion that embraces both earthy Pagan celebrations and beautiful Christian rituals . . . and don't leave out the flying buttresses, please.

By: Anthony James

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:27:16 +0000

Ran across this post while looking at some others on your blog, but can't say I agree with you. My experience is totally different. While a member of an Episcopal church, on moving to a new town I started going to a church that met in a movie theatre. There I found life, love of fellow man, true worship, intellectually challenging and stimulating sermons full of scripture and historical reference, a diversity of age, race, nationality, socio-economic status, and education. In short, everything I feel is great about the church universal. And now we are meeting in a real church building that was closed due to diminished attendance by the denominational church that used to occupy it. There are coffee, tea, bagels and pastries, but it's all free, with lots to take home after the service if you like. But nothing commercial about it like you apparently found. And many many young people, full of faith in Jesus. So very refreshing! I'm sorry about your experience, but just know that there are other non-traditional churches out there that are full of life, and do not neglect the past, while embracing the Word of God, written and living, fully.

By: Joel

Sat, 21 Nov 2009 06:32:50 +0000

Great article and combox discussion. I must admit that I, on several occasions during my reading, thought some were referring to Moscow, Idaho. Rev. Doug Wilson is already larger-than-life (especially after his MTV-produced debates with Christopher Hitchens), but let's not compare his home address to Rome and Constantinople! Then I poured myself a Vodka and cranberry juice and realized my error. Mother Russia and the other Moscow. Doug Wilson does seem like he would be a happy resident of FPR, though. Heard him tell men, in a sermon, to purposefully buy land with a high hill so as to facilitate home defense. Not sure which scripture got interpreted for that one, but it made sense to me at the time. (If you're reading this, Doug, I'm a fan.)

By: Albert

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:11:22 +0000

Perplexed, thanks for that comment.

By: In Defense of Grocery Story Christians » Evangel | A First Things Blog

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:14:45 +0000

[...] Front Porch Republic (one of my favorite blogs), Orthodox convert Jason Peters took some swipes at “a place called [...]

By: jacob

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 20:16:30 +0000

I think to myself as I read the article titles on this Web site that here are some people worth knowing. Then I read the articles (and the comments, oh the comments), and too often I feel an awful sinking sensation, a sense of a closed and stifling discourse. I listen for the single clear, ringing sentence, the single thought devoid of pure ego, but after a time I feel only that I am among articulate but inelegant boys enamored of the sounds of their own voices, with little of that famous moral imagination called for in penetrating into the lives of the actual people who kneel and pray when there is nothing left to do, when education or lack thereof has all come to nothing, when homes imaginary or real have all finally crumbled to dust, and there's simply no way back. I too love the hymns, the sacraments, the underlying rigor of centuries of theological thought, and I too feel confused and disheartened by shopping malls in all their variant forms. But that poignant sense of loss is not really what's at stake, is it, for most of the people in real exile on this planet? They know they're broken. Luck, or fate, or bad choices. It hardly matters which, but they know it. And so they go where they can go to pray a little and not be mocked or even noticed as they pray; where they sometimes can play the fool, cry out if necessary, think on a few big picture matters, get some free childcare, and maybe some free help with their taxes or a small-group connection that leads to a much needed job. It's not much, but it's something. What are you offering, exactly? Is the wine in your sacrament that fine a vintage that it turns a soul to love and unfloods that beautiful stolen valley they once loved more than any place you've ever known in all your Wendell Berry--infused maunderings over the BBQ pit? I'm just asking.

By: HicEstPorcusMeus

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:38:46 +0000

Those who think the "apostolic" churches like the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox are The Pearl of Great Price they've been looking for - especially dewy-eyed Evangelical converts who've read some of the Church Fathers and immersed themselves in the Mass or Divine Liturgy and RCIA or catechism classes and think they have now found and entered The One True Church - are just as misled as the megachurchers and fundies who think that THEY are "Biblical Christianity." Having been fed (and swallowed) an edited and biased view of church history and doctrine and been told that the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox Church have faithfully preserved and transmitted "the faith once for all delivered to the saints," they turn off their questions (and those who study church history and the Scriptures should and will have questions about such claims) and subsume them all under the rubric "The Church says it, I believe it, that settles it." All that glitters is not gold, even if such is used for the chalice and spoon in which are contained and presented what are said to have become the precious body and precious blood of Christ. The American Church may in large part be a freak of nature, but Rome and Constantinople (or Moscow) are not natural beasts, either.

By: John Médaille

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:21:18 +0000

E.D., the problem with the internet is that you can't see people nodding in agreement. It's like talking to my 2 year old grandson on the phone.