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 […]

Crucified_StStephansdom

Game Winning Save

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 […]


Another Christian wrong about heaven. 10

Well, I don’t want to be quite so strident, but some have no such qualms. This past week I came across, via Facebook, this post “Are Christians Wrong About Heaven?” which was in turn inspired by this old interview of NT Wright in Time magazine. So in the more recent blog post the author, Matthew Ryan […]

Resurrection

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How to win — Stuart Scott

Wonderful, wonderful speech that is making the rounds, as it should. Perhaps one of the most important things he said is that we win through the way in which we live, how we choose to respond to our tragedies, in his case, his diagnosis of dancer. Watch the whole thing, but first, gets some tissues. And […]


Morning by morning? 2

In the late 80s early 90s I read a bunch of Chaim Potok’s works, his famous books about young Jewish men growing up in a modernizing world. He came to speak at Wheaton College when I was there as a grad student. For those who do not know, Potok was a Jewish chaplain during the […]

Morning has broken

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What is it to light a candle?

My wife has recently written about the fact that when we travel and there are churches or cathedrals to visit, we light a candle for Mack. We have done this since last summer, the summer after he passed. There are usually hundreds of candles burning there. People light them for many reasons: as a memorial, […]


Are eschatology and apocalypticism “healthy”? 2

This week at the International SBL meeting, three Qumran sessions were given over to commemorating the work of John Collins on Apocalypticism. In the first session Prof. Collins, in his summary of his work on apocalypticism, said something that made me go “hmmmm.” Now, I should say that I may be misremembering the precise quote, […]

Deo Filio Redemptori

Michael Roe

Pics – 77’s In Concert

I have posted a gallery of pictures I took at the 77’s concert last week on my PhotoBlog. You can also find a video of “Frames Without Photographs” at my YouTube channel and below.


iSBL – Hebrews Paper

I am looking forward to heading to Vienna this weekend for next week’s International SBL. I will be presenting in the Hebrews section. I posted a summary of my paper already, “Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2.” To save you the trouble of clicking the link, I will cite my own summary […]

Mattathias and the Apostate

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Superman as Christ? Nope.

I have mentioned David Maliki’s Wondermark several times before on this site. Yesterday’s comic is a nice reading of the Superman, not as Christ-like savior, but as…animals. Animals on Noah’s ark.