December 28, 2019

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December 27, 2019

There are two ways to read Scripture.  One is to strap on skis and take off over the surface.  It’s a perfectly legitimate approach.  Get the story and learn what happened, because the insistence is that something did indeed happen.  God broke into history and did stuff–as a human being–in places that you can still locate with a GPS, like this well in Nazareth, which has served that town for time out of mind, and where Jesus of Nazareth had… Read more

December 26, 2019

SEYNT Stevene was a clerk in kyng Herowdes halle, And servyd him of bred and cloth, as every kyng befalle. Stevyn out of kechoun cam with boris hed on honde, He saw a sterre was fayr and bryõt over Bedlem stonde. He kyst adoun the bores hed, and went into the halle, ” I forsak the, kyng Herowdes, and thi werkes alle. I forsak the, kyng Herowdes, and thi werkes alle, Ther is a chyld in Bedlem born, is beter… Read more

December 25, 2019

Awake, glad heart! get up and sing! It is the birth-day of thy King. Awake! awake! The Sun doth shake Light from his locks, and all the way Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day. Awake, awake! hark how th’ wood rings; Winds whisper, and the busy springs A concert make; Awake! awake! Man is their high-priest, and should rise To offer up the sacrifice. I would I were some bird, or star, Flutt’ring in woods, or lifted far Above this… Read more

December 24, 2019

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die… Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring… Read more

December 23, 2019

‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’ From the Agathistos Hymn, Greece, VIc We know the scene: the room, variously furnished, almost always a lectern, a book; always the tall lily. Arrived on solemn grandeur of great wings, the angelic ambassador, standing or hovering, whom she acknowledges, a guest. But we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions courage. The engendering Spirit did not enter her without consent. God waited. She was free to accept or to refuse, choice integral to humanness. Aren’t there… Read more

December 21, 2019

But instead, I chose to do something even joyous and wonderful on this, the last Saturday before Christmas.  You’re welcome! Read more

December 20, 2019

I did this over on Facebook and it was fun, so I thought it would be fun to try here too. Here are my brushes with fame. Put your brushes with fame in the comboxes. I once shook hands with Jimmy Carter at a high school mock political convention in 1976. I stood in line next to Tom Skerritt at Sherry Weddell’s graduation. I once walked down the Ave in the U district while they were filming An Innocent Love… Read more

December 19, 2019

One of the fun things to contemplate is how little more than our ancient ancestors we laypeople know about the science and technology from which we benefit. As Michael Flynn once challenged his readers, prove to me right now, without recourse to books or media resources that the earth is in motion orbiting the sun and turning on its axis.  Good luck with that. Or, alternatively, as Milton Friedman used to love to challenge people, explain to me how a… Read more

December 18, 2019

Both St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas are spinning in their graves: Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.” Under the law, students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious beliefs. Instead, students are graded on substance and relevance. Every Republican in the House supported the bill. It… Read more

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