11 Years Old 2

There he is, running, excited about the end of a game, his gloves almost twice as big as his hands, shirt blowing so that you can see just how skinny he is, his hair sticking up in the back, and a smile breaking across his face as he runs to his friends. A bit gawky, sassy, […]

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Chesterton on the main characteristic of the Hebrew Bible

I am a great admirer of GK Chesterton, from his Father Brown mysteries (the new BBC series does little justice) to his theological ramblings. His output is prodigious and thus uneven, but always entertaining and enlightening. I have been reading his introduction to Job and found these comments thought provoking. The central idea of the great […]


Emil Brunner on “instantaneous” resurrection 5

I wrote years ago on a personal theory about “when” resurrection occurs in “’Soul Sleep’ or Immediate Resurrection?” Over the years it has, for obvious reasons, become a subject I have thought about often, but until this week no one had pointed out other scholars with similar views. I never thought I was original in my thinking, […]

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“We’ll All Know Soon Enough”

I have written about and shared this album before (hard to believe almost 2 years ago now), but I have been listening to it while traveling this week. Just an incredible reflection on mortality and faith. This song is particularly powerful, if perhaps cryptic. We’ll All Know Soon Enough from the album “Dig Here Said […]


Death, In a Conversational Tone 4

This, I think, will be the title of the book I someday hope to write, compiled of all my reflections since Mack’s death. Yesterday marked the two year anniversary and we were so grateful for the many, many friends and family who sent us gracious notes, came by our (now) annual open house, and ran […]

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I (don’t) believe; help my (un)belief!

The reference to Mark 9:24 came to mind when reading this Jesus And Mo comic. For those not familiar, J&M is written by an anonymous author (for her/his protection) and is very anti-religion. Often the strip has very prescient and insightful comments and there is always truth in it. I am well aware of the research […]


Word ➾ Flesh

Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Like this:Like Loading…

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Peace at Christmas

First, yes, the video below is ultimately an advert by a UK grocery chain. That being said, it marks (and does so beautifully) a rare moment in history, an actual event of peace and humanity that intruded into the atrocities of the War to End All Wars. One hundred years ago, in the midst of that […]


Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia & Facing death

We were assigned to read Bridge to Terabithia when I was in 4th or 5th grade. It was and is an incredibly powerful book. Now, what?, 35 years later I can still remember almost every detail of the book. Even though I could never bring myself to read it more than that one time. I remember […]

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What to consider before choosing academia

I don’t really have an essay to write on the subject yet. I just wanted to use this Berger & Wyse comic. I could, of course, write something quite long on the subject, but for the moment I will simply say this: If you are considering a doctoral program and becoming a faculty member, do […]