Making the rounds…

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I’ve been playing music in church since high school and as a member of worship bands at least since college, and have played most all the instruments on the team save for electric guitar, but yesterday was a new one for me: I’ve never had this view before for a full worship service. The worship […]

For All The Saints

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This great hymn was sung at the end of President George H. W. Bush’s funeral this morning. Written by Anglican priest William Walsham How in 1864, I’m always drawn to how it gets the sentiments of a Christian funeral so right. (The typical hymn tune setting SINE NOMINE by Ralph Vaughan Williams doesn’t hurt anything, […]

Of disappointment and unexpected footwear

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A week ago I ordered some foam replacement earbud covers from Amazon. Friday the package showed up. It did not contain foam replacement earbud covers. Instead, it contained this pair of handsome Spider-Man socks, even in my size! After a brief consultation with Amazon customer service, my order was refunded and they’re letting me keep […]

The Emperor and the Empty Tomb

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A fascinating and engaging essay from the LA Review of Books (HT: Matthew Loftus): When Wilhelm Froehner died in 1925, at the house on the Rue Casimir-Périer where he had lived since the reign of Napoleon III, he left behind among his possessions a curious inscription that might be the oldest surviving artifact of Christianity. […]

Chaplain Mike: Exiting the Evangelical Wilderness

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Oh man, I really appreciated this summary from Chaplain Mike over at InternetMonk.com today. While my path isn’t exactly the same as his has been, I resonate strongly with several of the moves he describes. He summarizes his move from the left-hand column to the right-hand column in a little table: It’s worth reading Mike’s […]

A night with Bruce Hornsby’s brain

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Last Friday night my wife and I had the opportunity to go hear Bruce Hornsby play a solo show at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids. Hornsby is an interesting character – a fantastically talented pianist who has made his fame and fortune in rock and jam band genres, but who has made multiple bluegrass […]

You are always more ready to hear than we are to pray…

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Wow, Proper 22 from the BCP this week: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us of those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us […]

Being Christians above all else

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Really good piece from Father Thomas McKenzie yesterday about living as a Christian in these divided American times. This bit is worth it alone: Have your political opinions. Seriously, you have the right to your opinions. You also have the right to voice them. Remember that other people have the same right. Challenge your own […]