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Pavarotti, Moscow, 1964

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:26:52 +0000

So I’m not really an opera guy but this video of Luciano Pavarotti singing in Moscow in 1964 is amazing nevertheless. It’s a little odd seeing him so young (age 29 or so), with no beard, and his eyebrow action is, well, non-trivial, but the level of vocal control is ridiculously impressive. Worth the 3 […]

Matthew 6, a modern paraphrase

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:40:01 +0000

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you do your good deeds, do not announce them with hashtags, as the hypocrites do on Instagram and on Facebook, to be honored by […]

An open letter of apology to my wife, to be reused as necessary

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:54:11 +0000

Dear Becky, Tomorrow the postman will drop off an Amazon package in the mailbox. Yes, it’s another book. Yes, I know the last one I ordered just showed up a couple days ago. And the one last week before that. I managed to justify them all to myself in one way or another. Last week […]

Fr. Boules George: A Message to Those Who Kill Us

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:58:57 +0000

The priest at one of the Coptic Orthodox churches that was bombed on Palm Sunday responding to the bombings with a message to their killers. If your church had been bombed and your people killed, would your reaction be ‘Thank You’ and ‘We Love You’? Yeah, probably not. So it’s worth reading.

Finished reading: The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:25:17 +0000

Picked this one up from the library on a whim. The Madame Curie Complex is a relatively short volume covering the history of a dozen or so women scientists starting with the archetypal Marie Curie and running through the 20th century up to Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Des Jardins consistently hits the themes that […]

Stop Trying to be a Man – Start Trying to be a Good Man

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:16:35 +0000

Brad Williams with a fantastic piece on Christ and Pop Culture today, saying things that desperately need to be said: Culture tells us that certain things are “manly” and certain things are “unmanly.” But we must take that with a grain of salt. Most of the time, those around us in the culture have no […]

Finished reading: Faithful Presence by David Fitch

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:39:56 +0000

I’ve kept up with David Fitch for a while now via his blog and twitter. Fitch is a professor of theology at Northern Seminary in suburban Chicago, and has led church plants that reflect his focus on community, mutual leadership and submission, and reconciliation. Faithful Presence seeks to capture those ideas in a short, practical […]

Jethani: Blessed Are The Disillusioned

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:55:04 +0000

Skye Jethani articulates in a piece today a lot of the frustrations I have felt and heard in recent months. Just a sample: The tribe of the disillusioned is growing and the institutional containers we have inherited are struggling to hold us. The cracks are spreading. The containers are leaking. But we stay, for now, […]

Finished reading: another compendium

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:00:04 +0000

If I posted these individually when I finished the books, I’d have more frequent posts on the blog here… oh well. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley An interesting little thriller / mystery about a man who survives a private plane crash. Not as thrilling or involved as it could be, but good basic entertainment. […]

We are from the future, embodying that in the here and now

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:50:25 +0000

One of my favorites, Brian Zahnd, talked recently on the Makers and Mystics podcast. I love this little bit of what he had to say about the church being “from the future”: When I say I’m from the future, what I mean is that in baptism I have come to live under the reign and […]