Category Archives: Life in the Fifth Act

The Long and Short of It

Scrolling through social media can be daunting and depressing in even the best of circumstances.  How much more daunting and depressing it can be in times of concern and crisis.  But it can also be of some comfort, as it … Continue reading

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“The Story We Carry in Our Bones”

One of my “best moments” in 2018 was the opportunity I had in the summer to “hang out” with James K. A. Smith for a while.  Not long, mind you, as there were a few dozen other people at Laity … Continue reading

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“We Want to Play the Music”

As the year comes to an end, I find myself with a short stack of articles and essays that I never quite got around to writing about here.  One of them was yesterday’s question of religious language through Jonathan Merritt’s … Continue reading

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The Question of Religious Language

Let’s start with the classic Peanuts strip that ran at gocomics.com on Christmas day: Most of us, I think, would relate a bit more with Charlie Brown, who understands the Christmas story primarily through the main images of the gospels. … Continue reading

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Reflecting on John

Today many Christians around the world spent time reflecting on the life of John the Evangelist, the apostle who penned a gospel and three letters found in the New Testament.  John is a fascinating figure on multiple levels, particularly with … Continue reading

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A Turn of the Calendar Page

Yesterday marked the end of the Easter season.  A week and a half after marking the ascension of Jesus, the church celebrates the day of Pentecost, a commemoration of the birth of the church through the presence of the Holy … Continue reading

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The Good Friday “Therefore”

Today’s lectionary reading from the New Testament was one I should’ve seen coming.  Beyond the account of Abraham and Isaac and the suffering servant of Isaiah and the crucifixion scene from John we are given a chuck from the New … Continue reading

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