Decline is profound in many places, but there are heartening areas of vitality and new life.
People love almost above all else to be at war.
Barth asked: What sort of country is spread before our eyes when we throw the Bible open?
The recognition that God is the supreme object of our enjoyment fills us with wonder at creation’s transparency to the love and goodness of God.
Keep in contact with real things — the actual people around you, the actual place where you live, the actual God who underpins and suffuses all — and you’ll be inoculated against relativism.
Within this heavenly place, experiences both ordinary and momentous found meaning.
Many ordinands haven’t had their imagination informed deeply by Scripture or by long experience in the Church. Our parishes and theological schools have not responded to this reality.
Too often the study of Scripture and theology is done at arm's length, like a scientist engaging in vivisection.