Category Archives: 2017

Advent and the Clash of Calendars

Today marks the beginning of the Advent season which, in turn, marks the beginning of what is known as the church calendar.  That church calendar is not much of a Baptist thing, is something kept and nurtured by more liturgical … Continue reading

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Fall Retreat and Advance

I have to admit, this quick Canadian getaway has been enjoyable.  I’d like to think of it as both a retreat and advance: looking back and moving forward.  It’s been a good opportunity to enjoy a beautiful place while still … Continue reading

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Time and the Times

This year Caulfield (of Frazz fame) dressed up as Rip Van Winkle for Halloween.  (It’s his tradition to dress up as a literary character each year.)  Turns out that the move had unintended consequences. In the end, it was something … Continue reading

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First Day, Last Day, Every Day Panic

It’s kind of fun seeing “back to school” comics while nearing the home stretch for a first quarter end.  Starting school after Labor Day is such a different concept for me.  Regardless, Sally Brown had to go back to school … Continue reading

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From Sweetest Thing to the Best Thing

I’m not a big fan of lyric videos, but I’ll  make an exception for the first song from U2’s forthcoming album, Songs of Experience.  Here’s “You’re the Best Thing About Me.” It’s upbeat with a melancholy undertow.  I’m curious to … Continue reading

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Temporary Vocational Stretch: August Edition

We just wrapped our third week of the school year (not including a week of meetings).  Thanks to a state holiday, this three-day weekend has been something of a “pause” button for me.  Most of my class curriculum is turning … Continue reading

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Drowning in the Tides of History?

At the same time that I’ve been reading various essays by Wendell Berry, I’ve been devouring Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe.  The two read together very well.  Both are about citizens and communities and culture.  And both were … Continue reading

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