Monthly Archives: June 2018

7 posts

Lessing’s Son

In preparing for our Foundation Course this fall I am reading (for the first time, I confess) Nietsche’s On Truth and Lie in the Extra-Moral Sense. In it he makes the comment that intellect was given so to the “most delicate, most evanescent beings in order to hold them for a minute in existence, from which otherwise, without this gift, they would have every reason to flee as quickly as Lessing’s son.” I had not heard of […]

IOTS 2018 – Targum Lamentations 1:15 and Isaiah 63:3

In a couple of weeks I will heading out to London to join with other Targum scholars for IOTS 2018. I am returning to TgLam for a short note on the relationship between the Targum and Isa. 63:3. This is my proposal. “The Lord has trodden as in a wine press,” A note regarding TgLam 1:15 and Isa. 63:3 The biblical text of Lamentations is already a rather graphic and dramatic passage: Lam. 1:15 The […]

God Speaks

Proper 7 (12) (June 24, 2018) Alternate First reading and Psalm Job 38:1-11 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Second reading 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Gospel Mark 4:35-41   4:39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. … 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the […]

Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall But We Go On

Year B – Season after Pentecost Proper 6 (11) (June 17, 2018) Fourth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings:  1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13  Psalm 20  2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17  Mark 4:26-34 Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall But We Go On As I was reflecting upon our readings this morning I was reminded of a line, it came almost unbidden: “Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall but we go on.” It is from the band U2’s title […]

We Also Believe and So We Speak

This is the bones of my sermon from this past weekend (Sunday, June 10, 2018). I shared a few more stories interspersed, but this is the substance of the sermon. Mental health issues are as real as cancer and should be considered as such. I have known far too many Christians who view depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, and so on as “a choice” and something one can change with enough will. Some have said it is a sin […]

The Vatican Museum and Twitter

Last month we were in Italy for a few days, meeting our daughter who had been studying for the semester in Siena. She is majoring in History, Art History, and Medieval Studies and had reserved for us tickets for the aperitivo at the Vatican Museum. Opening at 7 pm with a drink and small portions of meat, cheese, and vegetables (with multiple servings) for our aperitivo, the museum was far less crowded in May and […]