When is “Health” bad for you?

When it is an app in iOS 8 apparently. I was skeptical when I first read the title of this article: “The New Health App on Apple’s iOS 8 is Literally Dangerous.” I was ready to pass right over it and move on, but then I realized the author had an excellent point. The simple fact […]

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What does it mean, “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone”? 1

The epistle for today’s Morning Prayer is 1 Cor. 10:1-13. It retells how the Israelites, “though baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” and yet still thousands disobeyed and were punished. It then ends with the famous bit: 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were […]


A Collect for Sunday 1

A Collect for Sunday O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives […]

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“The Lord almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.”

Of the Daily Offices I have always appreciated most Compline. It is the prayers at the end of the day and were written at a time when people were far more conscious of the fact that any day might be the end of this worldly life for them. Most of us, in the developed world […]


Support #PennStateFutbol and the Mack Fund!

In case you are not following MackBrady.com: We are one week away from the Annual Mack Brady Game with Penn State’s Men’s Soccer program! This year it will be on September 21st at 1 pm against Ohio State University. We have some special events planned before and after the game. Please feel free to share […]

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To live in the moment

My wife shared recently that the various things she is reading right now are all focusing on living in this moment with God. What other choice do we have if we are to remain sane and functional? Like this:Like Loading…


Available Online: Midrash Shir HaShirim Rabbah: A Synoptic Edition

An announcement worth sharing.   Midrash Shir HaShirim Rabbah: A Synoptic Edition by Dr. Tamar Kadari, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Supported by the Israel Science Foundation     We are pleased to announce that Midrash Shir HaShirim Rabbah: A Synoptic Edition is now available online as part of the Midrash Project on the Schechter Institute of […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]