• Evening and Morning

    On the first day God created light. He separated the light from the darkness. He called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. These are divided; they’re not present together but one follows the other in rhythm. The days of the creation week are marked out by the repeated phrase evening and morning. […]

  • In the Beginning

    In the beginning, God created… This  word beginning (Heb. reshiyth) is interesting. It can mean first in time and also in position or prominence, as in head or chief. It is also frequently rendered as firstfruits. The article, the in English, isn’t present in the Hebrew. It just reads b’reshiyth, In beginning… This is common […]

  • I Am Naked

    Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together to make a covering for themselves. In their own open eyes, they were covered. But in the revealing light of the glory […]

  • The Spirit of the Day

    Meredith Kline, in Images of the Spirit, has a wonderful exposition of the post-fall encounter of Adam and Eve with God. They had eaten of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; their eyes were opened and they sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness. The KJV (most other […]

  • In the Day You Eat

    God had said in the day you eat of [the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil], you shall surely die. They ate and didn’t die, not in that day. Their eyes were opened, they became like God, knowing good and evil. All this is even confirmed by God. It seems […]

  • From Glory to Glory

    Adam and Eve lived in a walled garden, with one entrance on the east side. It was a high place, for out of it flowed the river of Eden in four heads. These rivers hint at traffic with the lands beyond, with abundant food in the garden and gold and precious stones downstream. As the […]

  • Thoughts on Pain and Suffering

    How could a good God allow so much pain and suffering? I wonder how often this is asked in earnest. It seems to be a trump card, a get-out-of-thinking question, one that is played as unanswerable. The typical answers are something like either God is good but is powerless to stop the bad things, or […]

  • Good and Evil and Sports

    I have for a long time thought of the watching of competitive sports as mere idolatry. It may be idolatry or it may not, but I failed to realize there is more going on, and it has to do with the way God has structured the world and time as an unfolding story. At the […]

  • Their wickedness did not disturb the order of God’s providence

    Why, then, should God not have created those who He foresaw would sin, since He was able to show in and by them both what their guilt merited, and what His grace bestowed, and  since, under His creating and disposing hand, even the perverse disorder of the wicked could not pervert the right order of […]

  • A Kingdom that Cannot Be Shaken

    Daniel chapters 2 and 7 both relate dreams that cover the same progression of kingdoms from different perspectives, and both serve to contrast the succession of fleeting manifestations of the City of Man with the solid, eternal City of God. In chapter 2, Daniel interprets a dream that troubled Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. The […]

2023 Reading List
Currently Reading

Oxford Book of English Verse
Life of Moses by St. Gregory of Nyssa
Hell Under Fire ed. Christopher Morgan
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God by Jean Leclercq
30 Poems to Memorize ed. David Kern
The Book of Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great
Learning Biblical Hebrew by Karl Kutz & Rebekah Josberger
The Bible


Deep Exegesis by Peter Leithart
Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
The Aeneid by Virgil
The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger
The State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin
The Theopolitan Vision by Peter Leithart
The Anchor Holds: Poems from the Shipwreck by Jason Farley
Love in the Ruins
by Walker Percy
by G. K. Chesterton
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Gashmu Saith It by Douglas Wilson
In Pursuit of Kindness by Jason Farley
Henry VI, Pt II by William Shakespeare
Well Met: Poems of Companionship by Joffre Swait
Collected Poems of Carl Sandburg
Theopolitan Liturgy
by Peter Leithart
The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
No One Doubts a Belly Laugh by Jason Farley
Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings
The Life of St. Benedict
by St. Gregory the Great
The Rule of St. Benedict