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, […]

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Deo Filio Redemptori

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, […]


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.

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Mattathias and the Apostate

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 […]


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.

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The 77′s 2014 Summer Tour – Free music, GREAT music 2

Every now and then a group that I really care about goes on tour. It is rare, but it happens. Even more rarely I am able to go and see them. Such is the case next Tuesday!  The 77′s, a group I have followed since the 80s, will be in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and […]

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Mark Wahlberg is Michael Ballack

If you are like the majority of the world you have been following the World Cup. The US played remarkably well this past week and has a tough battle with Portugal this Sunday. What has perhaps impressed me even more, however is ESPN/ABCs coverage of the WC. It really has been very good with some […]


I don’t think people should swear or cuss at other people. I don’t like “God” peppered into conversation nor the use of JC as an exclamation. But there can be real relief and value in private expulsion of expletives. The great Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo states it perfectly.

Swearing’s my release. It’s the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.1

Pirlo provides a prime example when reflecting on the loss against Istanbul.

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It’s a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom. You might hit upon an elegant phrase that stays with you and makes the journey that little bit less bitter. I’ve tried with Istanbul and haven’t managed to get beyond these words: for f***s sake.

 

Footie skills aside, we even look a bit alike:Pirlo_Brady

  1. http://babb.telegraph.co.uk/2014/06/37-reasons-why-andrea-pirlo-is-the-worlds-greatest-living-human-man/ []
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Mother and Child

What’s on your gravestone? 3

The idea for this post came not really so much from reflecting upon the process of selecting Mack’s headstone, but on some recent conversations. People have a habit of using the phrase “I want my obituary to say…” as a way to express the impetus or motivation for their actions in life. “I want my […]