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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-03-22T08:50:59-04:00

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

The Last Days According to St Paul

St Paul writing to Timothy: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts. "Creep

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

The Catholic Church’s Culture Clash

There is a huge culture clash within the Catholic Church. It is between the idea of a parish and consumer culture. The administrative, sacramental and pastoral structure of our church is geographical. The kingdom of God (which is the church on earth) is divided into Archdioceses, dioceses and parishes. This system was established when people had a national and regional identity. They were local. They lived in a village where they were born. They lived within an extended family, and the parish had its own hierarchy. "The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate." The church

April 3rd, 2019|3 Comments

Liturgy and Laity

The other day I tweeted something which was, admittedly, somewhat snarky. I was commenting on all the self appointed laymen who are liturgical experts and wondered why, if they were so scrupulous about "proper liturgy" they didn't become priests so they could ensure the liturgy was celebrated correctly just the way they like it. A tweet is a tweet is a tweet and I use Twitter intentionally to stir the pot a little and get people thinking. I do recognize that the laity have a role to play in advising on the celebration of the liturgy and those with appropriate

April 2nd, 2019|2 Comments

Gargoyle Code Lent Podcast – Week Five

Listen to week five of my reading of The Gargoyle Code Donor Subscribers go here to listen to the whole of Week Five or use the links on the page to listen day by day. Go here to tap into all The Gargoyle Code podcasts. If you would like to listen to The Gargoyle Code eventually the whole book will be available as an audio book-podcast here on the blog. Go here to learn more about being a Donor Subscriber to gain access not only to The Gargoyle Code Podcast but also to my 23 part church history series Triumphs and Tragedies as well as other exclusive content. For the

March 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Yes is a Pleasant Country

There is a little quote that changed my life. I've written about it before, but the old quotes like the old jokes are the best. It is F.D.Maurice's dictum that "A man is most often right in what he affirms and wrong in what he denies." I discovered this when I was in my first year of studies at Oxford. I had an attic room in a big old Victorian mansion overlooking the Banbury Road. I was being confronted with a whole range of stuff that was alien to my Bob Jones University world. I was receiving an education in

March 28th, 2019|1 Comment

Can God Make a Rock Too Big For Him to Lift?

Some folks were grumbling and rumbling about this New York Times article by philosophy professor Peter Atterton. I don't think it's such a bad article. In fact, I thought it was a good article. It was well written, clear and accessible. It's the sort of article philosophers should write. Philosopher Atterton basically concludes that the Western Christian concept of God is impossible because if God is morally perfect he cannot experience evil, but if he is omniscient then he would not only know, but experience moral evil. He summarizes thus: It might be argued, of course, that this is precisely

March 27th, 2019|2 Comments

Brideshead, Idols, English Catholics and Standing on My Head

Four articles are loaded to the Archived Articles section today: a review of Brideshead, Apologetics and Church history and the preface to Quest for the Creed. If you didn't catch it, last week I started loading the chapters from my book The Quest for the Creed to the Archived Article section. I published the Introduction first, but forgot the Preface. This is the preface to the book in its latest edition--The Quest for the Creed. It explains what the book is about and how it morphed from the first version which was called Adventures in Orthodoxy. Donor Subscribers can read the book online and

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments
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