Yearly Archives: 2013

115 posts

Thank you

This has been the worst year of our lives and yet we are so thankful for all the love and support we have received. Today is the first anniversary of Mack’s death. It was sudden, swift, and completely unexpected. So was the response. From all corners of the world, around Penn State and State College, you sent us your love, your support, and your prayers. College friends of mine and Elizabeth’s flew in from all […]

Mack’s Sermon

The Rev. Larry J. Hofer St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church State College, PA January 4, 2013 Mack Brady Sermon We came here today to share our grief and sadness, to give thanks for the life of Mack Brady and to hear God’s word and receive the grace of the Eucharistic feast. I          We are gathered to mourn the loss of Mack.  There is deep mourning here and that is as it should be.  The Prayer […]


I had not intended to post much if anything around the anniversary of Mack’s passing. I just don’t know what to say. Today is a day like all the other 364 that have preceded this; Mack is not with us. But a few thoughts were prompted by comments on Facebook about a few pictures so here I will share briefly my remembrance of today, one year ago. One year ago today we had our last day playing and […]

Plausible Origins – Virgin Births?

I stumbled across a post by Vince Vitale who was responding to a challenge from a friend, a retired Princeton professor, who stated simply, “I cannot believe in the virgin birth.” There is no doubt that this is an assertion of the Gospels that regularly meets with doubt and shrugs by many, including among the clergy. But is it really more astounding than other miracles asserted in the Bible? And, Vitale points out, is it […]

Happy Christmas & Comic Cheer

Looking over the site statistics I found quite a few people stumbling across a post from 2009 with some Christmas-themed comics. I have already posted a few of my favorite comics and included current, Christmas examples. It occurs to me, however, you can never have too much of a good thing. So here are a few more from Dan Piraro of Bizzaro fame, Berger & Wyse by Pascal Wyse and Joe Berger, and The Buckets by Greg Cravens. […]

Mary – How we respond makes all the difference

This is my homily for this past Sunday evening service. I took a small liberty by introducing Luke’s account since Matthew’s is fairly sparse. The subject of this sermon came about by asking others what is the biggest question in their mind when they consider the infancy narratives. My wife and daughter and a few others online said that they wondered about Mary, her response, and why God had to be the Father. The latter question was more than an 8 minute […] is Live

I received an email recently from my undergraduate advisor and outstanding biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg announcing a new project: This has been developed with one of his Rutger’s undergraduate honors students (of course!), Jacob Binstein. It looks to be an incredible resource. Please spread the word! Welcome to, the website devoted to the ancient and medieval Hebrew manuscripts of the book of Ben Sira. These documents, which are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, […]

Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler

A few of my favorite things: Podcasts

Continuing my list of favorite things as my present to you, today I want to share some of my top picks among podcasts. I spend a lot of time traveling and doing dishes and podcasts are how I keep sane and learn along the way. So, by category, here are the podcasts I listen to regularly. News & Knowledge The Bugle – Warning: Explicit language. John Oliver (lately of the Daily Show) and his long time […]

Quote of the Day: Sayers on Jesus “meek and mild”

Attributed to Dorothy L. Sayers:1 I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it…We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever his peace […]