February 27, 2017

I think some part of each and every one of us wants to be something other than an ordinary, vanilla mortal. It's why fairy tales and comic books appeal to us all, why we all dress up and run around in masks on Halloween, why fiction books sail off the shelves. We all w...

February 24, 2017

You probably own a Bible. If you're like me, you own several Bibles in a multitude of translations. There's an entire shelf in my office lined with them and a matching shelf at home. I have a Bible in almost every room of my apartment so I can easily get to one if I ne...

February 22, 2017

I grew up with a guy with whom I remained friends through college. He's very much the joker type, and there was always some sort of prank to be played on someone, whether it was re-recording their answering machine message in Gregorian chant or telling his roommate he'...

February 20, 2017

I am a creature of habit. Take me to a restaurant, and I will almost always order the same thing every time. To be fair, it changes based on the restaurant, but I have my standard order for them all. I know there will be other good options on the menu; some of them may...

February 17, 2017

Come Sunday, you will notice a number of rather large changes have been made to the church. OK, half of them aren't particularly noticeable, but they're there. Over the past few days, the Building & Grounds Team has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

In an effort t...

February 15, 2017

We all know Jonah as "the reluctant prophet." Instead of doing as God told him to do, he literally ran in the opposite direction. Clearly Jonah didn't want to be a prophet to Nineveh, and it took a storm, a whale, and liberal amounts of ambergris to get him to change h...

February 13, 2017

One of the more recent trends in theology is the idea of narrative theology -- the notion that story plays an important role in our faith development. It's not just what the information says; it's how it's said. For us as Christians, the big idea is the Bible is a book...

February 10, 2017

There's a novel (and short story) by Isaac Asimov called Nightfall. The premise is a world lit by multiple suns which only sees the stars every thousand years or so when each sun gets totally eclipsed at the same time. The people of the world experience true darkness f...

February 8, 2017

One night in college, a bunch of us got together and watched The Number 23. It wasn't my favorite movie for many reasons, but I still got sucked into it -- so much so, in fact, that, like the main character, I started seeing twenty-threes everywhere. Almost any number...

February 6, 2017

Of all the books of the New Testament, Philemon is the one I understand least. I mean, I get it: it's a letter by Paul, and so it's in the Bible. But why? At first glance, this is just a letter to a slave owner asking him not to punish the slave Paul has had with him....

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