C.R. Wiley

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C. R. Wiley is a pastor and writer living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s written for many publications, including Front Porch Republic. His latest book is entitled, In the House of Tom Bombadil.

Recent Essays

Reviving the Cult of Citizenship: Tony Woodlief’s I, Citizen

If you do follow Woodlief's advice, you'll need a thick skin and a dogged commitment to first principles. Self-government takes time and effort, and too many people really do want to leave the driving to the experts.

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...

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,...

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,...