A Prayer for Our Leadership   Recently updated!

This morning is the day after the 2018 mid-term elections. It was a mixed result in that the Democrats took the House and Republicans retained the Senate but (likely) increased by 3 seats. The state elections went similarly. Some from both parties are devastated and others will no doubt declare the further death of our […]

To every thing there is a season.

What are our priorities?   Recently updated!

Whenever I hear the word priorities, I think of Ron Weasley (in the movie version, at least) saying that Hermione, who privileges learning above all else, “needs to get her priorities sorted.” The comment is a bit subversive, it is very amusing, but I have a more serious challenge today. American Christians: we need to […]


Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 Released   Recently updated!

I have been using one version of Nisus or another since 1994. I have written all of my academic work in it (it was one of the first to support right-to-left languages on the Mac) and while there was an annoying footnote bug that bit me when I was submitting my doctoral thesis, they have […]


Marriage and Redemption in the Book of Ruth 4   Recently updated!

“Oh my gosh! Is that a…woman?!” This brief post began as a response to a comment on my earlier post “Age in the Book of Ruth and a Proxy Marriage?” The commentator very simply stated that the marriage between Ruth and Boaz was because “a baby needed to be born to preserve the line of […]


It’s not just the hearts, it’s the smarts as well.   Recently updated!

I often flip that line when recruiting students for the honors college (“We are looking for people with not just the smarts, but the hearts as well.”). But as Chris Tilling points out, Christians (and not just Evangelicals) often go too far into the “hearts” side of faith and usually without understanding the biblical concept […]


“Where we find grace to help in time of need.”

Proper 23 (28) (October 14, 2018) First reading and PsalmJob 23:1-9, 16-17Psalm 22:1-15Second readingHebrews 4:12-16GospelMark 10:17-31 “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I love comedy. Not sit-coms like Friends or Brooklyn 99, I enjoy those very much, but what I really love are stand-up comics, the British panel quiz shows, and […]

To every thing there is a season.

“Whoever is not against us is for us.” 1

What does Jesus really mean when he says “whoever is not against us is for us”? This concept comes up in the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, Mark 9:38-40 (Proper 21, Yr. B), and in the parallel in Luke 9:49-50. (Matt. 12:30 and Luke 11:23 have a similar, yet different phrase in a different […]


Walking in Grace

I continue to wrestle not only with the issue of suffering and grace, but also the book I am attempting to write on the matter. What tone should I take? Should it be more academic, more of a personal reflection, or more essay based? The following is part of the latter effort. Walking in Grace […]