September 18, 2023

I made the bold and sane choice yesterday of not waking up at 4 in the morning to wrest something out of the Sunday lections. I had such a busy two days before, it seemed good to sleep an hour longer than usual and just go to church. Still, I love the gospel reading we had, I can’t bear to let it pass me by. I love it so much, in fact, that I made my children memorize it one... Read more

September 11, 2023

I’ve said it several times already today. It is so odd that September 11th is an ordinary work day. In fact, for me, more than usual a work day as it is also the first day of school for my four youngest children. I don’t like to feel old, and yet, as each anniversary of 9/11 flies by, I feel unduly aged, not because of the regular passage of time, but because I am so out of step with the... Read more

September 4, 2023

I’ve been thinking about the church a lot lately with the release of The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What It Will Take to Bring Them Back by Jim Davis, Michael Graham, and Ryan Burge, and the gravity of suddenly living in a world where the social cache of church attendance has dissipated like a vapor. I’ve written a short series* of my initial thoughts in my first read of the book, and am going to... Read more

August 7, 2023

Super late today. No good reason. Just so busy–and it’s too humid. Here’s the pod, and the bonus over on Substack. Seriously, so sorry about such skimpy offerings–but the podcasts should fill up the podcast shaped hole in your life. Have a lovely day! Read more

July 31, 2023

Well, I guess it’s time to face reality again. We’ve had a lovely month off, and now, with the house still not quite clean, we’re taking up the usual routines of whatever it is we normally do, including the weekly Podcast. This time we talk about Amy Peeler’s Women and the Gender of God, and the overall health of the Anglican Church in North America. Then we go over to Substack and carry on talking about Christian Nationalism. It’s nice... Read more

June 26, 2023

It is a sultry, humid, gray day here in the Northeast so we’ve done an overly long podcast to kick off what ought to be the beginning of our vacation. We talk about all the stuff we don’t know about Russia and then answer a listener question about whether or not Bible Translators altered the Biblical text in order to oppress people. We then, of course, go on to talk about all the conspiracies, and a lot of other stuff... Read more

June 14, 2023

Persistent and longsuffering readers know that I’ve been writing almost exclusively on Substack, with the Sunday blog on Stand Firm, and links here on Mondays, when I get my act together. This hasn’t been because I don’t love all my Patheos readers. On the contrary. I love you all. And also, I’ve been grateful for the chance to earn a bit of money. And also, it seems that every other decade I need a bit of a blog overhaul. First... Read more

June 12, 2023

It is a gray, windy day here in the Northeast and so, in our fatigue, we’ve done quite a long podcast. We talk about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, raising children in the church, and then, for the meat of the thing, what is going on with the ACNA. Why are some ACNA churches making nice with TEC and calling people who are affirming their “siblings” in Christ? We talk about the Kigali Commitment and, again, why we can’t all... Read more

June 5, 2023

It is a cool, bright morning here in the Northeast and so, once again, we’ve gathered our dogs and done the usual podcast about whatever we’re thinking about right now, which this week was The Chosen. We work through Dallas Jenkins’ explanation for why the tiny pride flag spotted on set is no big deal. We have a hard time thinking of the words (at least I do) and wonder together about whether we will watch Season Four when it... Read more

May 29, 2023

It is already a hot, sultry day here in Bing, and so we’ve done a decently lengthed podcast about how we didn’t sleep because there’s a bat somewhere in the house, how my Grandfather survived the war, how Target and Bud Light have been able to become a portent to many, why Satan Clubs are not a great thing to have in schools, and what to do during Pride Month. I think it’s all you could possibly expect. Here’s the... Read more

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