Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Saturday, November 20, 2010
(Last) Sunday's Sermon: "Barbarians"
Jesus Christ devotes a lot of effort to preparing his disciples (and thus us) for bad times, not just so we can better endure them but so we can capitalize on them for sake of the kingdom of God. In the 5th century, as the Roman Empire fell apart around him, Pope Leo, whom the Church remembers on Nov. 10, still managed to stand up for orthodoxy while helping keep Attila the Hun from sacking Rome (several saddlebags full of gold also helped). What do the barbarians at the gate look like in our time? My sermon from last Sunday is here.