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 […]


There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Mack and John watching Iker Casillas playing for Real Madrid v. Celtic. Mack is wearing his Iker Spain jersey.

Have a thought for the Goalie

I wrote this the other day and posted it on Mack’s site. It is World Cup time and I have been reading a bit about the beautiful game. When it comes to being the goalkeeper, Mack’s position, being the best doesn’t always help. A goalkeeper always loses. The Goalkeeper – The Mack Brady Soccer Fund