Can you tell…

Which of the sisters below is Kris? We’re just outside St. Claire’s in Assisi, my favorite place in the world. Behind Kris is the wide Umbrian expansive plain. And it is there that one can find St Francis’ Portiuncola. [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More...]

How much would you pay to…

Keep your pet alive? The news today in the Chicagoland area tells us that a family in the burbs paid $14,000 for a kidney transplant for their cat. They adopted a cat, it shared with their ailing cat, and now both are doing fine. [Read more...]

Weekly Meandering — just one from another professor (not me)

These are random notes from one student in one class of one professor (:mic) AND IT’S NOT MY CLASS OR NOTES FROM MY CLASS … and it’s hilarious. Taken from the 8:30 AM Bible and Religion 111: Biblical Literature and History class, completely out of context and in no particular order: “God, Jesus, Bible–all banned.” [Read More...]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Pastorals

When it comes to the Pastoral epistles of 1-2 Timothy and Titus, there is such an abundance of good commentaries that one might say it is is ridiculous. I’m not sure why there are so many top notch, career-shaped commentaries on the Pastorals, but that’s the way it is. Again, what do you find helpful [Read More...]

Beginning with God 8

It all begins with God — what we think about God shapes what we think about ourselves and those around us and our world. It begins with God. What is our “narrative” of God? What are the narratives that hinder our perception and life in God? James Bryan Smith, in The Good and Beautiful God: [Read More...]

Why Us? (RJS)

There is a new book out Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James LeFanu (HT TG).  I have not read this book (yet anyway) – but it has received a fair bit of attention lately. It was also cited by AN Wilson in the interview Scot linked to in Weekly Meanderings [Read More...]

Never Alone 7

I don’t have a commonplace book, and were I to begin, I would surely fall behind, even if it would be a rush of joy for me just to sit down to write with one of my fountain pens. How do I come up with quotes? I don’t, and never will, use a quotation book. [Read More...]

Beginning with God 7

It all begins with God — what we think about God shapes what we think about ourselves and those around us and our world. It begins with God. What is our “narrative” of God? What are the narratives that hinder our perception and life in God? James Bryan Smith, in The Good and Beautiful God: [Read More...]

Plagiarizing Sermons

A repost on a topic that is always relevant: The NY Times ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts: [Read more...]


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