Travel

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News from Nashville

This year, after nearly 20 years as both an faculty member and an academic administrator, I am on my first-ever academic leave and, as readers of the blog know, I am working my book on suffering and grace. But two months ago I was contacted and asked if I would consider spending my time in Nashville as the interim rector of St. Bartholomew’s. After an interview process, the vestry decided to extend the call and I […]

Jesus in a box

We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card out of wood. The proportions are odd, Jesus looks quite small relative to the others, presumably because it was to be mounted high above the worshipper, so once in proper perspective […]

Bluetooth Keyboard and iOS

This was originally published on May 4, 2011. In a discussion with my brother about the Surface Pro I made reference to this post. In almost two years this is still how I use my iPad on the road. I like it and it is useful. That being said, two years is a LONG time in the world of technology and we still don’t have basic Mail key commands? C’mon Apple. _____________________________________ I have written many […]

International SBL – Ajax Stadium Tour anyone?

Next week I will be headed to the Netherlands for a few business visits and the International SBL meeting in Amsterdam. My family will be coming with me and my son is quite the little football/soccer player so we are going to take a tour of the Ajax stadium. Anyone can stop by, according to the site, but groups of ten or more can “choose to make a large tour of 2 hours, including an […]

Im Freiburg

I am very fortunate to be able to travel for Penn State this summer. I was recently named as chair of Freiburg “Faculty Implementation Committee Team,” or “FIT.” Last spring a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between PSU and the University of Freiburg. This is a university-wide agreement and we already have decades of collaboration between our two universities from philosophy to forestry and now energy and honors. In a few weeks over a […]

Hebrew Alphabet Soup – OSU Library

Tonight we had a great dinner on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Ohio State University library. As you enter you walk over a very cool metal “sculpture” of the English alphabet mounted in the floor. While waiting for the elevator I noticed that they had the paleo-Hebrew alphabet! Very cool! No, wait… You see the problem? The letters are correct, but they are “reading” from left to right instead of right to left. […]

Two observations, no, scratch that, two complaints about hotels

I travel a decent amount in this job so I spend a fair amount of time in hotels. When I was in college and graduate school I worked in hotels. (I was the weekend manager for a small hotel in Oxford for just over 3 years.) I have opinions about hotels. Sometime in the last five years someone decided that cleaning staff should close the drain stopper in sinks and tubs, presumably to indicate that […]