Baptism, Death, and Funerals

From Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Holy Spirit: Stanley is a communicant in a congregation whose baptistery is in the form of a large cross making possible baptism by immersion. … Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Stanley’s church has determined that when a member of the congregation dies, the body is brought to the [Read More…]

Olympians at Prayer

Source: 1. The U.S. women’s relay teams praying live on camera after winning both the 4X100 and the 4X400 meter relays. Not only did our U.S. women’s relay team dominate the 4X100m and the 4X400m relay races, but they prayed live on camera immediately after their win. Allyson Felix, who ran in both races, herded her teammates into a huddle [Read More…]

Grant, O merciful God

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 August 2016

Great sports story I saw this week about Archie Manning: Buddy didn’t tell his son that he loved him—it wasn’t in his makeup to reveal the bedrock of his emotions—but Archie understood that his dad was his second-biggest fan, just behind his mom, who had attended every game in every sport that he had played [Read More…]

A Three-Act Play? in the Bible? Where?

By John Frye David, the poet-warrior-king wrote a fascinating three act play. It is referred to as David’s “shepherd psalm,” yet it is so much more than that. Psalm 23 is a miniature drama of redemption. Here I part company with Keller’s A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. While Act 1 is definitely set as [Read More…]

Women Re-run

CNN: Confirmed: US relay team given re-run After lodging an official appeal, the United States 4×100 relay team has been offered a chance of redemption. Allyson Felix had been handing over to English Gardner at the second exchange when she was nudged by a Brazilian sprinter. The Brazilian team has now been disqualified, and the [Read More…]

They Will Know We Are Christians By Our … Politics? (RJS)

Despite the title this isn’t a post about the current US presidential election – although I hope it gets people thinking about how they frame their position, whatever that may be. In fact, the title may distract from the theme of the post. But it is an attention grabber. “They,” that is the non-Christians in [Read More…]

His Name is Ibrahim (Anonymous)

I have a good friend named Ibrahim. He is a North African refugee and he works as a guard and compound manager at my home just outside the refugee camp. Nineteen years ago Ibrahim was a younger man living back in his home village across the border. One day his community was celebrating a traditional [Read More…]

The History of Calvin’s Institutes

Princeton’s new series of biographies of famous books includes a splendid history of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion by Bruce Gordon. To tell that story requires competency at many levels and Gordon exhibits those competencies in spades. Succinct and well-written, the book skips along with insight and perspective. The Institutes is a book to be [Read More…]

Testable Truth (RJS)

All of us have some kind of worldview or philosophy of life. It may be a carefully reasoned position, or an organic entity that we grew into (or up in). In any event it can be helpful to examine the elements of our worldview and put them to the test. Truth should survive the test. [Read More…]