Category Archives: Scripture

The Three Movements of This Summer

Today marks the beginning of the “third movement” of summer 2022 for me.  My summer officially started after our commencement service back in the first weekend of June.  From there, the summer divided itself neatly into three movements.  The first … Continue reading

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On Being Occupied

I think often of this story from Jesus, particularly during times like spring break: 43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will … Continue reading

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Time’s Fullness

One of the best essays that I read this year was this one by Paul Kingsnorth.   It stands well on its own, even as it also serves as a necessary coda to his most recent (and wonderfully written) book, Savage … Continue reading

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A Reading for Today

One of the things I like most about using the Daily Office as my Scripture-reading guide is that it often ties things together thematically (especially during seasons like Advent and Christmas).  Here’s today’s selection from Paul’s letter to Titus (some … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: A Splash in the Face

Charles Schulz’s “hand puppet theater” strips are always an interesting thread in the Peanuts run.  This Sunday’s classic Peanuts had a nice, simple joke worth sharing. My chapel talk this week is about the Biblical Story.  It’s a common refrain … 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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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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Screwtape on Extremes

My daily New Testament reading for the last couple of weeks was the letter of Ephesians.  The letter, one that weaves the theological and the practical together the way the always should be, ends with a popular passage that casts … Continue reading

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Prayer and What You Bargain For

Way back at the end of November, I mentioned rereading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  And then I didn’t say much about it.  It took me a little longer than I intended (which has been the case in general … Continue reading

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