Archives for January 2009

The Mexico City Policy: The Question

Here is what I know: (1) Reagan, Bush, and Bush pulled funding to any international NGO (non-government organization) clinics that provided access, through referrals, to abortions; (2) Clinton and now Obama have undone the Reagan-Bush-Bush decisions. (The pulling of support by the Repubs is called the Mexico City Policy or the “gag order.” The Dems [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 61

We continue in our series of the meaning of the word “gospel” in the New Testament with how Peter uses “gospel.” Today we look 1 Peter 1:25. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  23 For you [Read More…]

Bible Readers: Lawbook

In our series on Bible readers, based on our book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible , we have taken some brief looks at the bad habits or exaggerations in our reading of the Bible. I want to examine another bad habit: seeing the Bible primarily as a Lawbook. What happens when [Read More…]

Inaugural Prayers

There was quite a dust-up about the prayers at the Inauguration. Analysis of the prayers of others is not something I’m fond of, so I stayed back but this week’s prayer in The Book of Common Prayer — to be repeated by all Anglicans and Episcopalians — speaks volumes about Bishop Gene Robinson’s inaugural prayer. [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and [Read More…]


Yes here’s the final results of evolution: Manual typewriter … then Electric typewriter … then PC … then Apple. We bought one in 1984 and have not looked back! What’s your favorite Mac story? [Read more…]

Aksel’s Talking

Here is our 3 month old grandson with his father learning to “talk.” We love it.  [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings

We’ve got a new President and a new first lady (and a new website). Jonathan Williams has an excellent set of suggestions on learning to turn “them” into “us.” One of our students at North Park doing good. Art Boulet asks “emerging into what?” Derek Leman‘s excellent reflections on “texts” and “textuality.” Dan Kimball asks [Read More…]

Big ol’ lobster

A man is holding here a 20 lb lobster. How many lobster rolls would this make? Or how much “chowda”? [Read more…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 60

Peter, too, talks about the gospel in his first letter. We begin in chapter one: 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was [Read More…]