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  • Beauty and Substance: A Reflection on the Anniversary of “Evangelization & Culture” September 25, 2020
    Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch. —Luke 5:4 Over eighteen months ago, on a chilly day in February, I was honored to join Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Institute to help bring a new venture to life. That venture was Evangelization & Culture, the flagship journal of the […]
  • On Mark Galli and Why Evangelicals Become Catholic September 25, 2020
    Our convictions are never entirely safe. Any time an intelligent peer who also strikes us as a man of integrity—a good man, let us say—advocates for a worldview in contradiction with our own, we are obligated to take the disagreement seriously. This is true all the more when such a person moves out of agreement […]
  • What I Learned From Chadwick Boseman September 24, 2020
    “I never wanted to act in the first place . . . forget their stories. I can tell my own stories.”  That’s a line from Chadwick Boseman’s Howard University commencement speech in 2018.  Boseman portrayed some of the most impactful people in American History—Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get On Up), and Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). […]
  • Why C.S. Lewis’ ”The Abolition of Man” Still Matters: Forming Souls to See Reality  September 23, 2020
    Sometimes the proper education of a child is not successful; time and effort are sometimes not enough to convince a child of your vision of reality.  Given my contrarian ways, some of my educators must have viewed me that way when I was a student. This may be simplistic and arrogant to say, but I […]
  • The Heroic and Influential Black Soldier-Saint You’ve Never Heard Of September 22, 2020
    It is no secret that both the film Raiders of the Lost Ark and the video game Spear of Destiny were derived from the same source. The film mesmerized a generation and was the forerunner of the action extravaganzas that still pack them in at the cineplex, while the video game was the mother of […]
  • A Chapter That Changed My Life: J.R.R. Tolkien’s “On Fairy-stories” September 21, 2020
    I don’t remember when I first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings; these tales seem to have always been part of the furnishings of my imagination. However, I do recall precisely when I encountered Tolkien’s groundbreaking essay “On Fairy-stories,” in which he explores the origins, nature, and purpose of fantasy […]
  • Arguing, But Never Quarreling: The Odd Couple of Scalia and Ginsburg September 19, 2020
    There are no odd couples anymore. In an age of heightened partisanship and unsparing vitriol, it is conventional wisdom that if you are a conservative, you cannot pal around with a liberal. And if you are a liberal, you can have nothing in common with a conservative. Not so Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. […]
  • The New Pew Findings, Catholic Teens, and the Idol of Success September 18, 2020
    The Pew Research Center released a new report entitled “US Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals.” But the survey also showed that Catholic US teenagers “mirror their peers on religious trends.” This is not surprising given that American Catholics, while ethnically diverse, tend to share the values and behaviors of […]
  • The Shocking Truth: It Is Good That You Exist September 17, 2020
    A decade ago, when I daily toiled at my blog, I would sift through emails or moderate comments and occasionally encounter those who would presume to tell me I was going to hell. Sometimes I would see these same people on social media and be struck by how incapable they seemed of putting out a […]
  • It’s Not the End of the World…Is It? September 16, 2020
    In the midst of a global pandemic and extreme civil unrest in the United States, is it alarmist or conspiratorial for Christians to talk a little bit about the end of the world? I think not. For my part, I’ve been thinking about the end of the world for most of my life. In my […]
  • Mary: Why We Need Our Lady of Sorrows in 2020 September 15, 2020
    Our Blessed Mother Mary is known by many gracious and descriptive titles, including “The Theotokos” (The God-Bearer); Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady, Help of Christians; Our Lady, Undoer of Knots; among others—and “Mother” most appropriately. On this day, she is venerated as Our Lady of Sorrows. It may seem rather odd to devote ourselves […]
  • Tour de France: Evangelization on Two Wheels September 14, 2020
    A few nights ago, I was watching the day’s rebroadcast of the Tour de France with my wife, and as the peloton made its way through beautiful rolling hills and verdant green fields of the French countryside, the announcer shocked me by exclaiming, “That was the Lady of La Salette sanctuary we just flew past. […]
  • On Christianity, Tolerance, and the Need to “Coexist” September 11, 2020
    Since the year 2000, the world has been confronted with the “Coexist” bumper sticker. This small but mighty bumper billboard creatively substitutes symbols of different world religions and ideologies for particular letters of the word “Coexist.” The image was first produced by graphic designer Piotr Młodożeniec who used it in an international art competition sponsored […]
  • Lord, Bless That Person I Hate So Much September 10, 2020
    My car is almost twenty years old and the CD player no longer works, so while driving alone my only options are the radio or silent prayerfulness. I’d love to say that as I dashed out to run errands this week I piously communed with God or said my Rosary but I’ll tell the truth: […]
  • Why Mark Galli, Former Editor-in-Chief of “Christianity Today,” Decided to Become Catholic September 10, 2020
    Recently, Tod Worner, the Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute, had the chance to have a conversation with Mark Galli. Mark has served as a Presbyterian pastor, respected journalist, and most recently, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, an international magazine founded by Billy Graham in 1956 that is […]
  • Kanye’s Theological Argument with His Catholic Friend September 9, 2020
    Could Kanye West become a Catholic? That possibility, which I posed in May of 2018 after a particular video surfaced on Kanye’s computer, sounds less and less unthinkable as time goes on. In 2019, Kanye announced his conversion to Christianity and released the film and album Jesus Is King with his “Sunday Service” choir. (His […]
  • Four (More) Reasons I Love Being a Dad September 8, 2020
    Six years ago, I wrote a piece on the four reasons I love being a dad. A lot has changed in the past six years; a new job, two relocations, a master’s degree, starting a PhD, and on top of that, adding two more children to the Zimmerer clan! Looking back caused me to consider […]
  • A Chapter that Changed My Life: “Love and Responsibility” September 7, 2020
    In the nineties, the True Love Waits movement was making its way through youth groups around the world. Young men and women signed small cards, vowing to commit their sexual purity to God and to pray for all of those who had sinned sexually. The movement spurred purity rings, songs, books, and more.  In the […]
  • God Is Immanent—and You Get to Be His Tabernacle September 4, 2020
    Sometimes it can feel like God is so far away. Why? Sure there is the obvious, “Well, I’m a sinner.” But sometimes God feels far away even when we’re in a state of grace. Why does he do this to us? After all, in a solemn moment of self-revelation, God manifested himself in a burning […]
  • A Sick Dog and a Lesson in Communion of All Types September 3, 2020
    So, there was a morning where I stumbled out of bed, put the coffee together, and made a soft-boiled egg for the sick dog, who by then should have been trying food. It being a hungry sort of day, I made one for myself too. The dog watched me create her egg-and-bread, then turned up […]

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