Archives for July 2012


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Embracing Grace Update

Here’s the cover to the update of Embracing Grace:   [Read more…]

War and Monastery

The Syrian monastery, Deir Mar Musa, has been affected by the Syrian violence. BOB ABERNETHY: The spiraling violence in Syria has affected all areas of life, including religious life.  The Syrian desert monastery Deir Mar Musa, north of Damascus, was once a center of pilgrimage and interfaith dialogue.  But the Catholic priest who leads the [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 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, [Read More…]

Jen Hatmaker on Chick-Fil-A

From Jen Hatmaker’s blog, a bit of a rant of frustration that appeals for toleration in all directions, and an opinion piece that may well express the heart of the next wave of American Christians: This is precisely how I feel about the Chick-Fil-A debacle and all the other accouterments of the culture wars. I am [Read More…]

The Real America

My friend, Michael O’Neil, in Perth, wants to know what is a good novel to introduce him to America? When Kris and I went to South Africa, I thought reading Alan Paton’s famous novel, , was the ticket — but it was from a different era. So, who has some good recommendations for Michael? We’ve [Read More…]

Saturday Book Review: Lois Tverberg

This review comes from our friend up in Grand Rapids, Ted Gossard. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life During the past five decades coinciding with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls there has been a renaissance of knowledge pertaining to the time of Jesus and [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Well, we had some time off from Weekly Meanderings when were in Iceland and Denmark, but they’re back … … and again, thanks to RJS for monitoring the blog while we were gone, and I can’t thank her enough. She’s been attached to this blog for five years or more, contributes regularly, and has helped [Read More…]

Cubs vs. Cards

Tomorrow Kris and I will make our annual trek to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs vs. the Cards. My father is a Cards fan, and the only person he’s ever cheered for on the Cubs was my son, Lukas, when he was playing in the Cubs organization. One of my father’s former students, way [Read More…]

An Australian Story: Oranges and Sunshine

Michael O’Neil, from Perth, has found a soft spot in this blog: I am woefully unconversant when it comes to movies. So, when someone sends us a post about movies, we’re all over it! Thanks Michael. America mostly attends movies on Fridays and Saturdays — so far as I know — so here we go… [Read More…]