I'm Not OK and I Suspect You're Not Much Better

Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:08 AM Comments (20)

I am the broken pieces of what was supposed to be Matt Archbold. I know this. I have fallen short of the man I am called to be.

Charged with following Christ and spreading the gospel I shudder to think of my wayward path over the years. And I hesitate to consider how many times I have, when faced with a perfect moment to spread the gospel, instead opted for biting sarcasm? Or even cowardly silence.

I don't know if it's in my nature to jump to sarcasm or to opt for silence but I do not come to Christ for validation of my fallen nature. I require correction. I beg for it. I need that steady campfire to beckon me back from my mad midnight charges into the wilderness.

I wonder when so...READ MORE

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Caroling for Laney

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:33 AM Comments (4)

West Reading Pennsylvania is a normal town with normal people and normal problems. Except this town has a very special eight year old little girl named Laney Brown.

Laney is suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia.

A sick child is the kind of thing that makes people question God. Why? Why would God do this? But something happened this weekend in that town that proved miracles happen.

There was something about Laney's wish to hear Christmas carolers that moved this Pennsylvania town to create one of the most memorable and moving instances of Christmas spirit I've ever seen. After word got out on Facebook and other social media, on Friday, which was also her birthday, about ten...READ MORE

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Margaret Sanger Would Not Roll Over in Her Grave to Hear This

Monday, December 16, 2013 11:24 AM Comments (25)

If you listen very carefully to the coffin of Margaret Sanger you would hear absolutely nothing.

Assuredly, she's not rolling over in her grave that black and Hispanic babies are far more likely to be aborted than white babies. She might be dancing, however.

Sanger once said, "Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race" and even said, "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out...READ MORE

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3 of the Most Wildly UnChristian Christmas Songs Ever

Friday, December 13, 2013 1:08 AM Comments (62)

Judging Christmas songs can be difficult. You must use an entirely different metric than you would when judging an ordinary song. Now, there are many songs that actually don't have much to do with the birth of Christ that I can enjoy. The one about Snoopy and the Red Baron. I'll sing along to that any day in December. The Grinch? I've never once turned it off.

So I'm just telling you that I'm not that guy who rages against the radio if the Christmas song doesn't have the word "manger" in it. But there are some Christmas songs that are just the opposite of Christmas songs which are for some reasons beyond my comprehension played incessantly in December between "O Holy Night" and "Little...READ MORE

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The Benefits and Dangers of Daily Mass

Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:51 PM Comments (37)

There are many benefits and dangers to attending daily Mass.

Spiritual benefits aside, one of the cool things is that when I walk in to our parish Church at 8 a.m. I'm pretty much the youngest person there by thirty years. It's pretty awesome. I feel like someone could call me a whippersnapper at any moment.

When I first began showing up intermittently, the daily mass-goer brigade looked at me with shocked expressions like I'd clearly just walked in the wrong door. Then they looked at me like maybe I was there to pick someone up.

When I genuflected and got into a pew they thought that this must be a dude who's hit rock bottom and he's turning to the Lord in his most desperate hours...READ MORE

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History Channel May Make Horror Series - Jesus The Teenage Demon Slayer. Seriously.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:18 AM Comments (20)

The History Channel seems to be taking all the wrong lessons from their wildly popular "The Bible" miniseries. According to Deadline.com, The History Channel is looking into a miniseries or perhaps even a series about Jesus' "lost years" as an exorcist. It'll be in the horror genre. And it gets worse from there.

It'll be produced by Eli Roth who gave us the horror franchise "Hostel" and the guy behind the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. (Hmm, a guy who attempts to update classics and fails horribly. I'm sensing a theme.)

According to the report, "The Lost Years" will portray Jesus’ years as an exorcist sometimes between the time He was 13 years old...READ MORE

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ACLU Sues the Bishops, Calling Refusal to Perform Abortion "Neglect"

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:04 PM Comments (74)

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an outrageous lawsuit in federal court charging the bishops with unfairly forbidding Catholic hospitals from performing abortions.

The suit would equate a Catholic hospital following the "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services," with negligence.

"It's about rules that tie the hands of doctors at Catholic facilities," ACLU Deputy National Legal Director Louise Melling was quoted as saying in one story.

The lawsuit stems from a case where a woman went to a Catholic hospital when she was 18 weeks pregnant. There, she was informed that she would likely lose the baby. She was given medication to stop the...READ MORE

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I am the Bad Thief

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:40 AM Comments (14)

 I am the bad thief.  Sometimes I am all demands and protestations. Sometimes I say “No.”

On Calvary next to Christ, he cursed his fate. The bad thief found himself near Christ who was right there alongside him, suffering. But instead of asking Christ for forgiveness he made demands of God. He said, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us with you."

In our worst moments, in our most desperate hours, how often have we re-created that desperate impertinence? How often have we rejected our cross?

The thief was a desperate man, so desperate that he attempted to command God. He felt failed by everyone, including God. He was angry at his fate which has brought him to that hill. In...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.