From the Rector

The blog of the Rev’d David O. Browder, Rector of St. Thomas’. Law and gospel, grace, pop culture, links to interesting articles and videos.

The Middle East is Groaning

A letter from the Most Rev’d Dr Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, concerning the on-going tragedies in the Middle East: My dear friends, The Middle East is groaning. You hear about what is happening in Iraq and the many Christians who are being forced to leave their…

Persona v. Reality

In a delightful blog post on the website Bustle, Olivia Muenter describes the truth behind her Instagram selfies. An excerpt: I, like most people, post the things that are going to reflect the best aspects of my life and personality. Also my face. Because selfies. Why, yes, I do drink coffee at hip cafes and order things online from…

Any Stick to Beat a Dog

In this morning’s sermon, I mentioned Prof. Alan Jacobs’ response to Prof. Peter Conn’s attack on the accreditation of religious colleges. David Zahl writes in his article “A Few Thoughts on Righteous Minds and Religious Liberty” at Mockingbird about this interchange: …one reads Peter Conn’s woefully belligerent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about “The…

Biggie Smalls and Daniel Chapter 7

Originally published on Mockingbird on Oct 15, 2008 Daniel 7:13-14 I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom,…

I Heart Wall Street

As one who has been historically affiliated with the Right of the political spectrum, it has been difficult for me to watch a chastened Republican intelligentsia take refuge in the Objectivism of Ayn Rand. At first, I thought it was mentioned by chance in the coverage of Jack Kemp’s death (the underprivileged never had a stronger advocate than Kemp, by the way). I then picked it up again in this article in The National Review. It is an article about the CEO of BB&T, a bank out of North Carolina that I actually do business with in my day job.

The Curse of Autonomy and The Hope of a New Word

This is a recording of a talk I gave at the Mockingbird conference in 2011. — DB http://media.blubrry.com/stec/p/www.mbird.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/06-The-Curse-of-Autonomy-and-the-Hope-of-a-New-Word.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Email | RSS