Yup, me too: #IceBucketChallenge

When I first heard about this challenge, pour a bucket of ice water on your head or donate to the ALS foundation, I asked For the ALS #icebucketchallenge to work, shouldn’t there be fewer videos and more $100 checks? — Dean Christian Brady (@shcdean) August 10, 2014 I actually received a few tweets back decrying my […]

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A troublesome psalm from a troubled soul

Psalm 88 Psa. 88:10-13 Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the shades rise up to praise you? Selah Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon? Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?   But I, O LORD, cry […]


The poetry of growth and loss — Bono and U2

Last Sunday I was driving home from Altoona, about a 40 minute drive, after having served as a supply priest for a small parish. It was a glorious afternoon and I had the topdown all the way. That calls for music and U2 was at hand. I set it all (and I believe I have […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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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 […]

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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, […]