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Some say they would not be caught dead even visiting where I have both chosen, and been blessed, to live for over 30 years. There's no accounting for taste, but I pity them nevertheless.

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    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: How It’s Done in the South Bronx

    If the name of my chosen home raises only distant memories of Dresdenized rubble, or–perhaps worse to many–the specter of the soulless hive, I accept your hesitation to read on and commit you to more authoritative words than I can conjure. But if you have ever wondered–I shall be blunt–what the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ might look like in action in | Read More »

    Some Joy in Mudville, Courtesy of the Second Circuit

    The bearer of good news hesitates to follow his unwelcome counterpart too closely lest his audience still be shooting at the first, but he is also spurred by the hope that he can bring encouragement in the heat of engagement. In that light, I hope you will be encouraged that the Second Circuit on Friday issued a permanent injunction favoring the church to which I | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us, A Call to Repentance from a Particular Idolatry

    Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man’s duty to endeavour to repent of his particular sins, particularly. (WCF* XV:5 Of Repentance unto Life) Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21, ESV) As the nomination of a Republican candidate has millimetered nearer over recent months, the volume of commentary–in both senses–on every aspect of process and | Read More »

    On Not Losing Sight of The Other Place: A Remedial Geography

    Shared memories of place and time are among the great shapers of any culture. While some of these are wedded by spatio-temporal events of such enormity that popular metonomy is assured–Pearl Harbor never really existed other than on a particular day of infamy, did it?–many others–as the Rockies and the Sixties–can mentally exist almost entirely in a single frame of reference: the former simultaneously enfolding | Read More »

    Missing Figures in the Perry Faith Two-Step: A Plea to Fellow Evangelicals

    While the music started long before the hat was dropped in Charleston, the dance around the implications of Gov. Perry’s Christian faith is just entering full swing, and couples now flying around the floor can be expected to prance only more frantically until the last bar is played next November. Leon’s More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith draws attention to the self-conflicted steps of | Read More »

    In Which My Username is Finally Relinquished

    All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the LORD blows on it;    surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 (ESV) When I was in grade school, my mother fixed up the couch for | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us, Carol Excerpts on the Incomprehensibility of the Incarnation

    Recent references to Christmas on the site have emphasized its benefits in realms ranging from cultural to redemptive; its helpfulness in improving the state of that precious location, the interior life*, has been variously extolled. The enduring Christmas carols, taken as a whole, emphasize many aspects of Jesus’ advent and birth–prophecy revealed and fulfilled, the local manifestations of drama which occurred when the eternal covenant | Read More »

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    For the Dual Citizens Among Us, on Political Ramifications of the Prevailing Pelagianism

    Caveat Lector: Notwithstanding our allegiance to this most anti-monarchial of Republics, some of us have found ourselves simultaneously subjects of a different kingdom, meaning neither Animalia nor our particular ancestral “old country”, but rather that new city under its most absolute of monarchs. The following is addressed to those who recognize and love that new city, who know themselves to be its current and future | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us, One Election-Day Nearer the Eschaton

    From Isaiah, no stranger to political reversal: Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. : All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. : It is he who sits above the circle of | Read More »

    Brownian Motion Within the Tsunami

    While we are hopefully about to witness the landfall of a tectonically-scaled political realignment, even movement on a more humble scale can and should be appreciated for its part in the overall potency of effect, i.e. DOOM. Such a movement occurred yesterday when NY State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D) endorsed NY-15 (R-Cand.) Michel Faulkner in his bid to send Charlie Rangel out to pasture, imploring | Read More »