Category Archives: Notes for a World’s End

Learning while Grading

It’s the end of the quarter, which means grades are almost due.  It’s nice to listen to sermon and interviews while taking care of things.  One that I listened to today was this recent interview with James K. A. Smith … Continue reading

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Toward a Sense of Suffering?

This last week we have been talking about the problem of evil in class.  It’s a short unit, but you’d like to think it’s something that will come back around (the discussion, not the evil) throughout a lifetime.  Attempting to … Continue reading

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Saturday Evening Song

Any day that ends with a game of Hand and Foot is a good day, I think.  Today was actually a day of little pleasures: a morning walk north into the neighborhood, a bagel and golfer’s tea from Coffee Bean, … Continue reading

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Pandemic Permanence

Today Rod Dreher spent some time reflecting on this piece from the Baptist Press concerning the long-term effects of Covid for churches.  The church that gets most of the mentions in the piece is a relatively short drive (in TN … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: Which Seat is Yours?

This Sunday’s full-size Frazz by Jef Mallett is another example of how well the artist is using the full opportunity of a Sunday strip.  Visually beautiful with a nice, philosophical twist. Mallett is on to something, of course.  I suppose … Continue reading

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Throwing the Learning Curve

A couple of weeks ago, just as school was starting back up for us, Andy Crouch commented on Twitter in a way that said we were all but nudged into the “little ice age” view of Covidtide.  Here’s how the … Continue reading

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A Word as the Week Ends

The first week of (online) classes comes to an end tomorrow.  It’s been a good week.  Turns out I’d forgotten a lot about the way technology works, so Monday was a kind of crash course.  And while screen-to-screen is always … Continue reading

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Concurrently Speaking

We started a second week of preparation for the new school year today.  There are just so many things to take care of: cleaning out the gym after last week’s gatherings, checking in with student leaders, nurturing vital friendships, and … Continue reading

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Like Learning at the Kitchen Table

I feel like I spend a good chunk of my time in meetings as a naysayer, as a “wait a minute and slow down” kind of guy.  It’s not because I want to be a killjoy, not that I want … Continue reading

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Grace, Forgiveness, the Engine

From a recent post by Alan Jacobs concerning the school he teaches at and the issue of racial reconciliation: Christianity has a lot to say about sin, repentance, and forgiveness. It tells us that we all sin. It tells us … Continue reading

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