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What does it mean, “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone”?

The epistle for today’s Morning Prayer is 1 Cor. 10:1-13. It retells how the Israelites, “though baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” and yet still thousands disobeyed and were punished. It then ends with the famous bit: 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.  12 So if you think you […]

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? — The Dean (@shcdean) August 10, 2014 I actually received a few tweets back decrying my nay saying. It was working, people have been donating in huge sums. In fact, over $1.3M (I misspoke when I said 1.8, but […]

On the movie “Noah” and the film critic you should follow

I first “met” Peter Chattaway on an old school listserv for Daniel Amos, one of my favorite bands. He is a very accomplished film critic from the Great White North and is well worth following to read his take on movies, theology, and culture. (Be sure to check out his tear down of Star Trek: Not the Wrath of Khan, but really, It Is.) He has a number of articles about Noah, apparently a new movie […]

A few of my favorite things: Comics

Since I cannot possibly give everyone who reads this blog or has shown such care for us this year a gift I thought I would offer a few posts recommending my favorite things. In part 1 I share the comics I never miss. As a way of de-stressing I read comics, a LOT of comics. But I read most on cruise control. These are the ones I make time for every day. The Norm – […]

“Facebook IPO: Good for the Jews?” or anyone?

This is a very curious article by Uriel Heilman. He begins with something interesting: If the Talmud were written today, would it look like Facebook?First, the rabbis of the Mishnaic period post a Jewish legal rule. Then, Talmudic sages weigh in with their comments, all pithy and lacking punctuation. Almost immediately, the comments grow far longer than the original post. Eventually, outside links to the Shulchan Aruch and Maimonides’ compendium of Jewish law appear on […]

Don’t be a lackey

I really enjoy Evil, Inc. by Brad Guigar. It is a comic about superheroes and villains and I found this strip very amusing and thought provoking. But I am not sure how I feel about this. As a parent I am inclined to feel the same way, think for yourself and take responsibility, even if you are going to do stupid things some times. I am not comfortable with the moral relativism however. (BTW Miss […]

Upon Shaving Off One’s Beard

Reading poetry with my daughter this morning we came across this from John Updike. My daughter and wife both said, “That is exactly why you will not shave off your beard!” The scissors cut the long-grown hair the razor scrapes the remnant fuzz. Small-jawed, weak-chinned, bug-eyed, I stare at the forgotten boy I was.  

Feed Your Flock – Pepsi & the Catholic Church?

My brother pointed me to this post at John C. Dvorak’s site. According to JD This was a leading entry in PepsiCo’s Super Bowl commercial contest. When word leaked out about it, the Catholic Church went bananas. Pepsi has been trying to squash every occurrence of it on the Web; so, I don’t know how long this will be up. I cannot confirm that this is the case, that the Catholic Church was upset or […]

Movember means mo’ facial hair

I was asked by a student if I had any advice for them as they grew out their facial follicles. Of course, “don’t shave.” Movember, if you did not know, is a chance for men to grew out their mustaches (or additional facial hair, if so inclined) to bring attention to men’s health issues, particularly cancers. I have never technically participated since it involves beginning the month clean shaven, something I have not done since […]