Ah, yes, the sweet smell of at-home, high-speed Internet access in the morning. It’s good to be back online.
For this week’s edition of “Lazy Sunday,” I thought I’d look back at some posts I’ve written about or related to the Christian faith. For those of you that “choose to worship God in my own way” by staying home and watching televangelists in your underwear, these throwbacks are, perhaps, a timely addition to your Sunday morning.
Without further ado, here are some of my Christianity-related posts from the past few months:
- “The Influence of Christianity on America’s Founding” – I featured this piece in “Lazy Sunday III – Historical Moments,” so you can read a more thorough synopsis of it there. After giving this talk, I walked outside to find it snowing. Snow in December in South Carolina: a miracle!
- “‘Silent Night’ turns 200” – a short Christmas post, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night.” Next to “O, Holy Night”—objectively the best Christmas song ever written—“Silent Night” is one of my favorites. The story behind it is almost as beautiful as the song itself.
- “How the Reformation Shaped the World” – the title for this post comes from a Prager University video of the same name. The post explores—in a very broad way—the ripple effects of Martin Luther’s courageous act of faith. The piece is a short introduction to a very complex idea; feel free to leave your thoughts below or on the original post.
- “Nehemiah and National Renewal“; “Nehemiah Follow-Up” – these companion posts deal with the Book of Nehemiah, and how the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem was a symbolic and practical recommitment to God and restoration of Israelite national identity. The parallels to President Trump are a bit on the nose, but obvious.
- “The Desperate Search for Meaning” – this piece came about as many of my posts do: I read something that floated through my transom, and thought I’d write about it. Essentially, an online, New Age fraud was selling cheap spirituality, and was herself a troubled, possessive individual. The real crux was how she pulled susceptible, gullible women into her orbit, women desperately searching for some meaning in their lives. There are all manner of online charlatans who try to fill men and women’s “God-hole.”
So, enjoy your churchy Lazy Sunday with these timeless classics.