Nun of That! Nuns against the Pipeline

In 1824, in the knobby hill portion of central Kentucky between Springfield and Bardstown, Father Theodore Bardin gave a large farm to a group of 'sisters' (i.e. nuns) so that they could build a convent and a life together. Now there are a variety of monastic communities in Kentucky, perhaps most famously the monks of Gethesemane Abbey. Much of middle Kentucky was settled by Catholics, and more specifically Irish Catholics who only brought their faith to the 'western frontier' as it was called … [Read more...]

New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity

One of my very favorite series of texts dealing with original sources that illuminate the NT is the series now published by Eerdmans entitled New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity. It is a series originating out of the ancient history department at Macquarrie University in Sydney Aus. and is loaded with all sorts of inscriptions, many of them unpublished before now that helps us understand the linguistic and social context of the NT. Below is a helpful review of Vol. 10 of this series … [Read more...]

A Sentimental Journey Back Home– Part Three

Here, in Coleridge, was the house, a parsonage, that Ann and I and Christy moved into in 1980, with a lot of help from parishoners. I remember Charles Teague saying--- "he sure does have a lot of books". He was right about that--- several thousand. This was the first home in America for both Christy and when he was born in 1982, David. It was also Ann's first home in the South. It was an adjustment--- as they say. It was an excellent place to live out in the country, but it was fifteen miles … [Read more...]

A Sentimental Journey Back Home– Part Two

In the middle of North Carolina, in about a 50 square mile radius are dozens and dozens of potters all fired up to give you beautiful pots, plates, jars, cups, and much more, made out of the indigenous clay that undergirds the region. The Seagrove region includes little places like Why Not and the appropriately named Jugtown, and it is to the last of these we go first, because it's my favorite of all the pottery shops in the area, and you will soon see why. Jugtown as it turns out is not … [Read more...]

A Sentimental Journey Back Home– Part One

I was invited by Jeff Sugg, a lawyer in Asheboro N.C.,representing the committee for the 200 anniversary celebration (yes you heard right) of Mt. Olivet Church (founded by a Rev. Spinks, one of Asbury's own circuit riders) to come back to where my ministry really began on the Coleridge Charge in Randolph County N.C. in the middle of August, and preach their anniversary sermon (and enjoy the vituals thereafter). Now Randolph County is the county next to Guilford County in which can be found High … [Read more...]

The High Point of Saxaphone Playing– Part Three

There is a featured exhibit at the High Point Museum about John Coltrane, which includes: 1) his piano; 2) some of his sheet music, and 3) pictures of where he lived on Underhill St., where he went to school and learned to play woodwinds and etc. It's a nice exhibit but could use some expanding. I am including by way of pictures here some of the images and items. Coltrane actually went to the same elementary school I did for a couple of years (until Northwood Elementary was opened). … [Read more...]

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit– from another Angle

Sometimes your angle of incidence, the position from which you view things, makes all the difference in the world (see the picture above). Take for instance the popular phrase 'the baptism of the Holy Spirit'. Now as a noun phrase, it does not occur at all, in the New Testament. It is a later label used to refer to some things which are mentioned or discussed in the New Testament, but the question is whether the label actually fits the package, and whether the assumption of what is said in … [Read more...]

The High Point of Saxaphone Playing Part Two am very happy to be able to present to you more than thirty minutes of pure Coltrane--- This is the Lush Life album which originally came out on the Prestige label in the late 50s. The tracks are----1. Like Someone In Love2. I Love You3. Trane's Slo Blues4. Lush Life5. I Hear A RhapsodySay thank you to Youtube for this treat. Pay especial attention to track 4! BW3 … [Read more...]

The High Point of Saxaphone Playing Part One

Went back to the hometown, High Point N.C., while doing an event in Randolph county last month. Had some 'cue-- see picture above (for you non divine swine eaters, that's short for southern barbecue which is hickory smoked pork--- accept no substitutes). My real mission however was not to stop at Kepley's but to finally: 1) find the Coltrane statue downtown, and 2) visit the High Point museum's Coltrane wing (see the next post). Here's the statue and it's explanation---John … [Read more...]