What’s the Holy Spirit Doing at Comic Con?

Picture this. A row of inaudible, yet commanding TVs flashes above the stationary bikes. Behind my book, another screen counts down. Between reading paragraphs of this eighteenth-century theology of sanctification—I think my best theology on the elliptical trainer—I catch Whoopi Goldberg on TV. She’s at Comic Con. What’s Whoopi doing at the center of all [Read More...]

Learning Lessons

Here is the seventh in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 7: You should understand that you don’t have to like a [Read More...]

Beauty, the Beast, and Domestic Violence

There are two kinds of monsters in the world. The first feeds on fear. It is the unknown. We fear it because we can’t see it. Can’t name it. Can’t control it. Evil is out there. It could come for us at any moment. Let’s call it “The Others.” George R. R. Martin did. In [Read More...]

Jesus, Millstones, and the “Little Ones”

I’ve been spending time in Matthew 18 today. I’ve been deeply impressed with a sense of Jesus’ passionate concern for the marginalized, outcast, and “insignificant.” The chapter begins with the disciples’ question to Jesus, “Who, then, is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” They were positioning themselves, angling for status, and pressing Jesus to make [Read More...]

Gravity: The Sounds of Silence

It’s happened. A friend promised that by Thanksgiving, we would acclimate to the new schedule: Kindergarten, full day. How wrong was she! We don’t even make it half way through October before I’m ditched at drop-off in favor of a small person who is hardly bigger than her Hello Kitty backpack. Hello Darkness My Old [Read More...]

Did God Create the World Last Tuesday? (the Problem with the “Appearance of Age” Approach)

I’m using the excellent book, Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (by Deborah Haarsma and Loren Haarsma) for my theology class (“God the Creator”) this semester. In their treatment of the “concordist” approaches to Genesis 1-2 (concordist approaches attempt to follow the “chronology” of the biblical creation accounts), they mention the “Appearance of Age” [Read More...]

Priest, Shirley Jackson, and C. S. Lewis Walk into a Bar

Guess what. I can fill a 10-ounce glass from the freezer-door water dispenser while simultaneously retrieving a 6-ounce glass and a straw from the cupboard, removing a gallon of milk from the refrigerator, unscrewing the cap, and pouring the milk into the small glass—all while spilling neither the water nor the milk. You can imagine, [Read More...]

Options Man

Here is the fifth in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 5: You should not be afraid to change your mind from [Read More...]

Missionary Mermaid Wants More

“Sshhhhh!” hisses my daughter. “No singing!” Well, if you want to call it that. I’m wailing, “Who caaares. No big deaaal. I want mooore!” with Disney’s Little Mermaid as we hurtle down the highway. My daughter doesn’t approve of my can’t-beat-’em-join-’em method of coping with playback number three of this CD in one week. Children’s [Read More...]

Ha Ha Ha

Here is the fourth in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 4: You should understand the importance of s sense of humor. [Read More...]


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