Author: Patrick Clark

The problem with The Benedict Option is that it’s “The Benedict Option”

  I agree with pretty much everything Rod Dreher says in The Benedict Option, and strongly urge every Christian living in today’s world to read the book carefully. It can be sweeping and too simplistic at times, but in general I find it to be a very thoughtful and accurate diagnosis of the contemporary social environment in the first-world. As a description of our “moral ecology,” I find it very compelling and helpful, even if sobering. Yet it also contains a generous measure of hope and encouragement. The accounts of the communities and individuals he holds up as models of his...

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5th Sunday of Lent: Unbinding Those Captive to Death

Lectionary 34 Ezra 37:12—14 / Psalm 130 / Romans 8:8—11 / John 11:1-45 A colleague of mine once received a student’s paper on the theme of resurrection which began: “I am aware of two chief instances of resurrection: that of Jesus Christ, and that of zombies. Since zombies are not mentioned in the Bible, this paper will deal solely with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It was funny, but it was also woefully underinformed. The student clearly did not remember the three accounts in the gospels where Jesus raises an individual from the dead: the raising of Jairus’ daughter in Matthew 9,...

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Hope in Captivity: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Lectionary: 7 Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 Psalm 146 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 As we enter the Gospel narrative for this third Sunday of Advent, we find John the Baptist waiting in prison. What a powerful image! Jesus says of him that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist.” He is the one of whom the Lord spoke through Isaiah: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;he will prepare your way before you.” And yet we find him here waiting, wondering, and even perhaps doubting whether all his life’s work has been worth...

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