Monthly Archives: August 2014

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What more can I say?

We miss him. This week marks the beginning of another school year and yet another milestone without Mack. We miss him to our very core. But our daughter continues to be such an amazing young woman. We rejoice in all that she does and the year ahead for her. Elizabeth shared this earlier. I’m really pleased to share that my first essay for Open To Hope, “Another New School Year Begins,” was posted on their site […]

More than you would ever want to know.

If you are really bored and want 45 minutes of how I went from a chemistry pre-med major to dean of the SHC this is for you. Nice sleep aid too. (Click on the link in the tweet for the podcast interview.) @shcdean and @PennStateHonors helping students transform into the authors of their own stories — ASP (@ArchStreetPress) August 26, 2014  

Romans 11:26 – Will all Israel be saved?

This is a vexing passage that has engendered incredible and valuable debate over the millennia. It is perhaps not surprising (?) that today’s Revised Common Lectionary skips this passage. The Epistle today is Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. How convenient. But Romans 11:26a deserves a thorough treatment. Fortunately, my excellent friend and even better scholar Richard Wright has an excellent short paper summarizing the arguments around this verse. He incorporates all (then) current debate and comes to […]

Yup, me too: #IceBucketChallenge

When I first heard about this challenge, pour a bucket of ice water on your head or donate to the ALS foundation, I asked For the ALS #icebucketchallenge to work, shouldn’t there be fewer videos and more $100 checks? — The Dean (@shcdean) August 10, 2014 I actually received a few tweets back decrying my nay saying. It was working, people have been donating in huge sums. In fact, over $1.3M (I misspoke when I said 1.8, but […]

A troublesome psalm from a troubled soul

Psalm 88 Psa. 88:10-13 Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the shades rise up to praise you? Selah Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon? Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?   But I, O LORD, cry out to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you. And that is the happy bit. The psalm ends: […]

The poetry of growth and loss — Bono and U2

Last Sunday I was driving home from Altoona, about a 40 minute drive, after having served as a supply priest for a small parish. It was a glorious afternoon and I had the topdown all the way. That calls for music and U2 was at hand. I set it all (and I believe I have all of their songs) on shuffle. The song “Kite” came on and although I have heard this song hundreds of […]