simply, Christian

Just War is dead

on the untimely demise of ethics in American warfare

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Yesterday, shortly after the announcement that President Obama was going to commute the sentence of PFC Manning, Senator and retired Air Force Judge Advocate Lindsey Graham tweeted the following quote:

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About the same time, Senator and former . . .

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Posted in: warethics

January 18, 2017

parenting is hard

helpless, powerless, but filled with hope

Over this Christmas break, I had a stark realization: parenting is hard.

This Christmas was unlike any other we have celebrated as a family. Our youngest, adopted from Ethiopia after over a year of abuse in a state-run orphanage, is currently living in a therapeutic foster home because of nearly four years of violence against the . . .

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Posted in: theologyadoption

January 17, 2017

Wendell Berry on miracles

The miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air, and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances, will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – . . .

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Posted in: quotestheology

January 11, 2017

T.S. Eliot on a difficult faith

You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.

— T.S. Eliot

This quote showed up in my today, courtesy of The Plough daily dig email. Immediately I was struck by how . . .

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January 10, 2017

messenger of death, messenger of hope

thoughts on the Galveston Apache helicopter crash

The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your husband was killed today in a routine training accident. The Secretary extends his deepest sympathy to you and your family in your tragic loss.

Same script as usual, except today I’m supporting my brethren in the Army, so there’s a one word . . .

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Posted in: chaplaincy

December 29, 2016

on being mistaken for Christ

thoughts on Holy Innocents' day

We live in a fallen world where injustice, calamity, and horrors are too frequent and too real. Spending just a few moments reading the news quickly reminds us of these truths. At first blush, it would be easy to consider the slaughter of the Holy Innocents who gave their lives as just one more example of the brokenness of our world, and as . . .

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Posted in: theology

December 28, 2016

"the man who cries out against evil men..."

The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for them will never know the grace of God.

--St. Silouan the Athonite

H/T Eclectic Orthodoxy

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Posted in: quotestheology

December 20, 2016