Daily Archives: December 8, 2008

4 posts

Defining religion (or economics)

The late Johnny Hart, creator of BC, was known for his outspoken Christian beliefs and incorporating them into his comic. His Easter strips were notorious and his theology (as stated by himself) was fuzzy at best. Since his passing last spring the strip has been taken over by his grandson Mason Mastroianni and rather than simply maintaining the strip and its characters and avoiding religious and political topics that once marked Hart’s strip, he has […]

Spiritual photography

I have linked to the flickr feed of the National Media Museum before. Today they uploaded a collection of “spirit photographs” by William Hope. These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by one of the Museum’s curators. They were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope (1863-1933). Born in 1863 in Crewe, Hope started his working life as a carpenter. In about […]

2nd Sunday of Advent – Expectations & Preparations

[This is sort of a “rough cut,” intended as a detailed outline rather than a full narrative exposition. Still, feel free to read and comment!] Second Sunday of Advent Year B RCL Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet […]