The WordPress Statistics page told me that my blog passed 10,000 views this week. I am stunned. I know that in the digital world news sites can receive 10,000 views in minutes and large churches can see weekend attendance at that number, but I am just a small church pastor/church planter in a small corner… Read More 10,000+ Views
Sometimes, when a person is getting to know me, I am asked if there is anything about England I miss. It used to be the beer, but with the changes in American brewing, I now can get cask-conditioned ale as good as the barrels of home brew drawn from the mash that I made in… Read More Bicycle Days
Before the deluge of preparation for Holy Week and Easter an online offer from my seminary bookstore of Don Carson’s latest book The Intolerance of Tolerance caught my eye. It could not be more timely. It’s an important book written in Carson’s brisk style and a fast read. Try a PDF of the first 30 pages of… Read More That New Time Religion?
With one of the liturgical seasons coming to a close and with a big Sunday on the horizon — we’re not talking Epiphany and Super Bowl but Lent and chocolate bunnies or eggs — a brief comment on the time of the year just passing may be in order. Peter Leithart has been blogging about… Read More Puzzling over Lent
I passed a milestone today that may be worthy of comment. Both John Calvin (1509-1564) and Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) — two of the greatest pastors and teachers of the Church — did not live to see their fifty-fifth birthday. Calvin and Edwards both died just short of their fifty-fifth. I, on the other hand, made… Read More “God works in a mysterious way”
F-Troop was a satirical western television situation comedy series of the 1960’s. One of the recurring word plays that marked its humor (along with burlesque, slapstick and visual gags) was the directions from the Hekawis encampment, the local Native American tribe, to Fort Courage the home of F-Troop: “Turn left at the big rock that looks… Read More Bear Signs
This past week George Conger wrote in The Church of England Newspaper on the recent report by the statisticians of The Episcopal Church to our Executive Council. You can read the article here. The report catalogues a 10 year decline in all quantifiable areas. I want you to take note of how “These speak to… Read More “The Doctor” is in
I love watching Will Shakespeare’s plays. There, I said it. It may be that you’re groaning and ready to click, but just give me a little minute. I discovered the other day how PBS has uploaded my favorite Hamlet so that you can watch the whole three-hour production online for free. David Tennant (The 10th Doctor, Dr. Who) stars… Read More Dr. Who, Star Trek, Will and Me!
Okay, I had three different people ask me about American Harold Camping’s latest on today’s (May 21, 2011) rapture of souls at 1800hrs, then the end of the world in the Second Coming in October, joined to the expiration (do calendars expire or run out?) of the Mayan calendar in 2012. It’s taken nearly ten… Read More Enraptured
I still remember my anticipation for my first class in Biblical Greek in 1976. I had missed the first four weeks due to recovery from surgery to remove an hot appendix. I remember the thrill of buying the United Bible Society’s Greek New Testament, imagining with that childlike thrill that I was entering an unexplored… Read More Review: Keep Your Greek!