Category Archives : Christianity


Fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness 2

I still miss Mack so very much. It has been almost two years and I try to imagine how big he would be, what he would be doing now, would he be struggling in school? or be sailing along like his sister at that age. Would he even still like soccer? We simply will never […]

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All Souls’ Day and Our Hope of the Resurrection

Today is All Souls’ Day, not celebrated by most Protestants, but as my wife noted this morning, when you have lost someone very close and dear you begin to view such things differently. I still do not believe in Purgatory and recognize that much of the traditions of All Souls or “The Commemoration of All the […]


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 […]

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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 […]


“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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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“Realized” Eschatology

My friend Richard Wright has picked up the thread of our discussion on Mangy Dog and added quite a bit, particularly a long quote from Achtemeier. He (Richard) summarizes things for me quite nicely in the paragraph: A theme that seems to be emerging from both Achtemeier and Wright is what one might call realized eschatology. […]


Things Temporal and Eternal

As I was looking at the readings for this Sunday, Proper 12, Year A, I noticed the collect. Interesting coincidence, given recent discussion here. (If you would like the lectionary in English, Greek (LXX and NT), and Hebrew please head on over to Richard Wright’s most excellent site.) O God, the protector of all who trust […]

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Wishes, dreams, and promises 3

Getting ready in the hotel room this morning ESPN just played one of their “My Wish” pieces, a story about a young boy with a rare form of lymphoma who is “drafted” by the Carolina Panthers. I have very complicated and mixed feelings when I see these stories. First, of course, I think of Mack […]