Sunday’s Best: Semester-Ending Superstition

It’s that week for seniors.  So Bill Amend is likely onto something here in this week’s new FoxTrot.

FoxTrot Finals(image from gocomics.com)

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Sunday’s Best: Smaug Theory

Today’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend hits just the right notes.  

FoxTrot Smaug(image from gocomics.com)

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Sunday’s Best: Stories Told

This classic Peanuts strip by Charles Schulz is a good reminder that strips with lots of talking are almost always better than those without.  Even if Patty just can’t follow it.

Peanuts Telling Stories(image from gocomics.com)

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The Roads Taken

One of my favorite things to do, either in-person (rarely) or online (often) is to see things like Hadrian’s Wall and other evidence of how the Roman Empire made it’s way up to England.  One of least favorite things to do is to navigate the potholes that are all over the roads in town.  This Sunday WuMo is a nice picture of the tension between the two.

WuMo Roman Roads(image from gocomics.com)

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What We’re Looking For

Today’s been a doozy of a day.  In a good way, mind you, but a doozy nonetheless.

I’m going to place this video right here for now.  I’ve not watched it yet because I’m three chapters into the book.  It’s really good so far: a nice distillation of some key thinking that reflects the views of many people trying to make sense of Our Current Situation.  I leave this here so I know where to find it later.  And I leave it here so others might find it, too.

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Sunday’s Best: Comedy of Errors

It was a good day in the funny pages.  In honor of baseball season and the baseball fans in my life, here’s this week’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend: Peter Fox and his Comedy of Errors.

FoxTrot Comedy of Errors(image from gocomics.com)

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A Moment with a Myth

Here’s a moment with Jamie Smith talking about a cultural reality worth thinking about (and responding to).

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25 and Counting

Today I woke to the news that Caedmon’s Call was re-recording their self-titled debut album.  I’ve been a fan of their since that album (though a little later than others).  About five years ago, I went on a bit of a spree to grab whatever hard copies of the music as I could.  Came up with a lot, but not everything.

So they are re-recording that first album, which is an interesting move for a band that hasn’t done much for some time.  I’m glad to support musicians that have been influential to me, even years after their newest work.  Plus, with the Kickstarter program they’re running, I’m finally able to grab some digital copies of some music that has eluded me.

A little while ago I checked out YouTube because you never know what might get posted from the musical past.  Turns out someone had just posted some clips from 2008, back with Andrew Osenga (one of my long-time favorites) was playing with the band.  This is the kind of stuff that YouTube was made for (in my humble opinion).  Gold in the rough, a grainy but glorious reminder of a truly different time.

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Deja Nu, Deja Vu?

Five years ago, I found myself in a position where I was a church member without a pastor and a school teacher (at a Christian school) without a campus minister.  In both instances, I was able to step in and help with “next steps.”  The campus ministry vacancy is still an issue.  The pastoral vacancy was filled for a time (until last May).  Tonight we begin what could be the final stages of filling that position again.

Mando armorerIt’s odd, being in such a situation twice.  It definitely tests some of your presuppositions about things.  About yourself, yes.  And about other people.  And also, maybe mostly, about institutions and practices. And that’s not a bad thing, though it can be sobering.  If nothing else, it should bring some clarity and focus.  (If not, we must remember what the Armorer told the Mandalorian: persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome).  And I definitely feel like I’ve gained insight from these last few months and years.  And while some similarity in outcome is okay, a total similarity would not be good.

The tricky thing is that said insight involves institutional living.  Institutional living involves things beyond our control.  And such things also involve investment, commitment, and a sublimation of “the personal.”  And I get that.  But at some point, the personal has to matter because it’s always there.  Covidtide has been a time where I’ve had to give up some responsibilities for things that I loved for things that I felt were necessary.  I find myself at peace (and with some relief) about those things given up.  But I also find myself holding things that I’ve considered “necessary” or “more important” but that I cannot hold on to any longer.  And that makes moving forward something that requires some subtlety and nuance.

I’m excited about this weekend.  And I’m hopeful that we can fill our pastoral position at church.  Just like I’m hopeful that one day we will fill the ministry position at school.  I look forward to being done with the responsibilities that I’ve taken on in connection with both.  But I’ve also felt that way before.  I’m hopeful that, in the long run, this time will be different.

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Life That Won’t Stream

I’m eagerly awaiting a couple of books in the mail this week.  One is the latest Rivers of London novel by Ben Aaronovich.  The other is The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch.  Crouch was indispensable for me at the beginning of Covidtide; I still revisit some of what he wrote back in early 2020.  This new book almost looks like some kind of “rule of life” when it comes to technology and community.

Here’s a taste of his argument:

It almost sounds like modern Marshall McLuhan, really.  And he’d probably agree with this recent Frazz strip by Jef Mallett:

Frazz Bike Race(image from gocomics.com)

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