Monthly Archives: April 2015

In re Loretta Lynch

Today, the Senate confirmed the President’s AG nominee, Loretta Lynch. Some of you are upset that many Senators voted for; others that many voted against. Here’s my pitch for why there’s something to say for a decision in either direction. My reasons have nothing to do with Lynch, but rather institutional settlement and practical politics.  […]

Reflections on the soteriology of the Epistle to the Hebrews

We consider the soteriology of the Epistle to the Hebrews, traditionally attributed to St. Paul. (This is probably the last-but-one of this semester’s assignments to be published here.) We shall look briefly at the arguments that Hebrews gives for the superiority of Christ’s sacrifice, the effect in an individual’s life of this doctrine, and why […]

Iesus, imago Patri

When Christians talk about God, we are apt to focus on His love. We must “keep []ourselves in God’s love,”, and St. Paul assures us that nothing will be able to separate us from that love. Yet there is more: God is love; so St. John tells us in 1st John 4:8. “These words,” said […]

Stewardship and legacy: Sweet Briar and the future of women-only higher education

On July 7, 2014, Jo Ellen Parker bade farewell to Sweet Briar College, a women’s liberal-arts college near Lynchburg, VA that she had helmed since 2009. “I remain confident in the direction we are moving,” she wrote; “I leave knowing that Sweet Briar is poised to take another step toward an inspiring future.” The college’s […]

Reflection on Philemon

St. Paul’s Epistle to Philemon presents a study in the Christian use of power. Philemon has civil power over Onesimus, and Paul has (or claims) ecclesiastical power over Philemon; Paul wants Philemon to abjure his power over Onesimus, and so chooses a rhetorical strategy that abjures his own power over his suffragan: “Though I might […]