Social Justice is Not a Virtue

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Social Justice is Not a Virtue

Social justice is one of those terms that has always perplexed me. My exposure to it is relatively recent, (within the last six years) but it has been bandied about so frequently within the intervening time that I couldn’t help but try and sort out what is meant by it. Which is harder than one…

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Lent, Life, and Learning to Love God

The following is a guest post by my wife Megan. This year, I approached the Lenten season very differently than I have in the past. For the last 6 months my husband has been in and out of the hospital from intense chemotherapy and the day-to-day grind and “restrictions list” we have had to cope…

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The Mighty West

Following the breakup and decline of the Western Roman Empire, many contemporary writers described the subsequent rise to prominence of the Germanic powers (such as the Visigoths, Ostrogoths and Vandals) as nothing short of a ‘barbarian’ invasion. Despite the many disruptions that occurred- some more violent and protracted than others- a sort of tenuous equilibrium…

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The Woman Who Saved the West

During the beginning of the so-called Dark Ages (of which I have written here) the Church faced a veritable crisis. While the paganism of the now defunct Roman Empire had nearly completely receded and Arianism had been roundly defeated both at the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon, both still continued to plague the Church’s attempts…

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Spam-A-Lot

Today I was browsing through the comments in the spam folder on my blog as I am wont to from time to time. Lately they have become rather uninteresting, as most tend to be rather lengthy ads for various products, mostly shoes and rhinestone bedazzled handbags. However, from time to time a real gem (not…

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Silky Smooth: Industrial Espionage, Byzantine Style

Ever since the trade routes between the Mediterranean and the Far East had been established, silk was one of the most sought after commodities. Sericulture- silk production – was the domain of the Chinese, and they held a veritable monopoly on its production and distribution and had for thousands of years. Since silk production was…

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The UMC General Board of Silly Walks

One of Monty Python’s greatest sketches is The Ministry of Silly Walks, a commentary on how bloated bureaucracies exist only to perpetuate themselves, and in doing so, result in a great amount of silliness. I was directed to a recent article by Jim Winkler, the General Secretary of the General Board of Church & Society…

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