C.R. Wiley

C. R. Wiley is the Senior Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Manchester in Manchester, Connecticut. He has written for Touchstone, Modern Reformation, and Sacred Architecture. His short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle (published by the Mythopoeic Society), and his young adult fiction is published under his pen name, Mortimus Clay. He his forthcoming book on the recovery of household economics and polity is slated to be published by The Crossroads Publishing Company in the fall of 2016. He is also a commercial real estate investor, a building contractor (when he can squeeze it in). He has also taught philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College.

A Meditation on My Porch

  I heard someone say recently, “Porches are back. They’re on all the new houses.” And I thought, “No, no they’re not.” Porches on newer houses are hardly more than façades, sort of like shutters. My shutters don’t even shut; and if yo...

On Dying Where You’re Planted: The Rooted Pastor

Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting on the same spo...

The Bombadil Option

Manchester, CT “Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.” Rod Dreher is well kno...