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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-12-05T13:22:22+00:00

Welcome to Standing on My Head

I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. I was surprised when the blog readership took off, so I kept going– considering it to be a ministry in the new media.

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Standing on My Head

“A scene is often most clearly seen when it is seen upside down.” G.K.Chesterton

Church Music, Witches and the Shroud of Turin

Four articles are loaded up to the Archived Articles section of the blog today. This section of the blog is reserved for Donor Subscribers and three or four articles that I have written for various outlets over the years are uploaded each week. Donor Subscribers enjoy various benefits which you can check out here. If you are able to subscribe and support this work please do. The blog and podcasts are really only me. I don't have a board of Directors with deep pockets, employees and all the rest. If you want to help out, it's much appreciated. Go here

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Despair and False Doctrine

A little morsel gleaned from St Augustine by way of  the banquet that is Sohrab Ahmari's conversion story, From Fire By Water... "All false doctrines seek to negate man's responsibility for sin." I was just pondering the same thing this morning as we were discussing the terrible epidemic of suicide in America. Drugged and drunk with booze and pills, Americans are killing themselves in record numbers. The statistics are worst for white men between the ages of 35 and 65. Beneath the depressing statistics is despair, and we often link despair with the lack of faith. This is true, but there

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Characters of the Reformation – 4 – Anne Boleyn

The fourth episode of Characters of the Reformation is now posted for Donor Subscribers to listen or download. The podcast is published here without sponsorship ads, and will remain here along with all the other podcasts for Donor Subscribers. This episode will be published for those who want to listen free of charge, but with sponsored ads at BreadBox media on Thursday. As the whole series is being produced the episodes will remain at BreadBox, then when the new church history series starts up (which will be John Allen's Future Church) this series will be archived and available only on the blog.

December 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Luther and Snow on Dunghills

Somewhere or other Martin Luther was supposed to have illustrated his understanding of God's grace by saying it was like snow that covers a dunghill. In other words, when confronted with our sinful condition God covers it, but underneath we're still a pile of steaming shit. Now don't get all huffy because I've used a dirty word. St Paul wasn't averse to using strong language when he needed to. (Phil. 3:8) The fact is, Luther's theology was marketed as a bright day dawning for the human race because we were no longer bound by all the legalism of the medieval

December 10th, 2018|1 Comment

Debate With Bob Jones Grad on the Immaculate Conception

David Gustafson was a classmate of mind at Bob Jones University. We met again after many years and after a long running discussion via email about things Catholic and Protestant we wrote a book together called Our Lady?-A Catholic Evangelical Debate.  Here is the chapter on the Immaculate Conception, and here is an excerpt. Dwight: I expect the Catholic doctrine that is most objectionable to Evangelicals is Mary’s Immaculate Conception.  However, since our aim is to approach our differences directly, I’ll state it right up front: Catholics believe that Mary was sinless from the moment of her conception through to the end

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

True Fairytales 4 – The Grey Wolf

The Grey Wolf is a terrific little horror story by George MacDonald. Go here to listen. George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors, including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later", said Lewis,

December 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Pontius Pilate’s Ring of Power

Here's my article on Pilate's Ring published at TownHall. Archeologists believe a ring unearthed in an archeological dig in Israel belonged to Pontius Pilate—the man who crucified Jesus. London’s Independent reports that the ring was discovered fifty years ago during the excavations at Herodion—the magnificent palace of Herod, the king the wise men consulted when Jesus was born. They believe the ring was his signet ring--as a sign of his authority and power, and used to seal  official documents with his insignia in wax. Pilate’s name was deciphered when it was photographed with a high-tech camera at the Israeli Antiquities

December 6th, 2018|3 Comments
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