Category Archives: Faith

What We Might Have Given

Yesterday I wrote a bit about the “work” that I had set up for myself this summer using some thoughts from an Ephraim Radner article from March 2020.  At almost the same time, the folks at First Things also posted … Continue reading

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Continuing Cultivation

From James K. A. Smith’s recent newsletter over at Image: In May and June, my hands are dirty and I spend a lot of time thinking about sanctification. After the danger of Michigan frost is past, usually after Mother’s Day, … Continue reading

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What We Hear before We See

I’m about halfway through Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.  I’ve spent most of my life with a vague sense of the story.  The title has been popping up here and there these last few years, including a recent … Continue reading

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Start of Summer Words

Thanks to extra concurrent-learning prep during fall break 2020, the summer vacation has started earlier for me and my co-workers.  Our last official day of work was this past Friday, and that was mostly meetings and planning for said meetings.  … Continue reading

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Learning from a Vocational Tale

I recently got around to reading James K. A. Smith’s essay on how his sense of vocation has been changing over these last couple of years.  He wrote it for Christian Century for their “How my mind has changed” topic.  … Continue reading

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Twice Bitten, Thrice Shy?

Two years ago, I was serving on two search committees.  One was for our high school’s Christian Ministries coordinator, a position that had been vacant for two years and that I had helped step in to partly fill.  The other … Continue reading

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Leaning Rightly into Lent

I’ve been thinking about this piece by Hans Boersma about Lent all day.  I’m always a little excited when he posts something new to First Things, even though there’s only a 70% chance that I’ll mostly understand it.  Today’s piece … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Sigh and Spirit

It’s always kind of fun when Linus brings up Scripture with Lucy.  Today’s classic Peanuts is a case in point. (image from gocomics.com)

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Tradition and Traditionalism

From Common Objects of Love by Oliver O’Donovan: The word “tradition,” like koinonia, refers both to an action and a possession.  In the first sense it is the activity by which one shares in the community, receiving and contributing.  In … Continue reading

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Time Enough?

One of the more personally frustrating letters from Screwtape to Wormwood is missive #21, which has something to do with using “the claims of life” against the patient.  Screwtape writes: Now you will have noticed that nothing throws him into … Continue reading

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