Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fierce Coffee Mugging

I have a new favorite coffee mug: If you want to learn about the mug’s logo, you can read: The Fierce Convictions of Hannah More – a review of Karen Swallow Prior’s biography of a poet, reformer and abolitionist. And for … Continue reading

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Lyrical Doctrine – where limericks and theology meet

I shall now recite a spiritual limerick: The doctrine we call pneumatology Is tougher to learn than biology I’ve no cause to fear it Because of the Spirit Who guides me in learning theology *** Your own limerick offerings are … Continue reading

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The Cross of Jesus Divides Everything in Two

[Updated from the archives.] *** Stand in the place where you live Now face north Think about direction Wonder why you haven’t before (Stand, lyrics by Michael Stipe, performed by R.E.M.) Goofy dancing aside, this isn’t bad advice (and please … Continue reading

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The Blessings of Being Prideful

Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy sat for an interview recently and was asked: What are you proud of? The question stumped her: There are so many ways to blow a question like that. There are the obvious ways: you … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Matter When You Pray

I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I get up early to say prayers. She’s up at 4:00, I’m up at 4:15, and we’re praying together before 4:30. Then it’s out the door to run a few miles together or … Continue reading

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My Wife and I Trained to Play Dirty

My wife and I got down and dirty. It was fun. There were mud pits to crawl through, cargo nets to climb, walls to scale, push-ups to push, hills to run up and down, and lots of sandy grit that … Continue reading

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Jesus Preached the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall reminded me of Jesus’ first synagogue sermon recorded in Luke: He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, … Continue reading

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The Church Is Not The Borg Collective

[Updated from the archives. The original version ran as a guest post at Aimee Byrd’s Housewife Theologian.]  ***             Aimee  Byrd posted an article about sisters and noted: “I always say that us sisters really help prepare our brothers for marriage … Continue reading

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American History According to the British – England Didn’t Lose the Revolutionary War

My history professors at the University of California said the American character was shaped in large part by westward expansion into the frontier. My history professors at the University of Sussex, England, said the American character developed from an incessant … Continue reading

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Halloween’s Cruelest Trick Of All

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