December 14, 2017

Archives for March 2016

Damaris Zehner: Outsourcing our Brains

Outsourcing our Brains By Damaris Zehner Recently I gave a test in one of my English classes.  Part of the test involved reading selections from five short pieces of literature and writing down the author and title to each.  All five pieces were ones we had spent time on in class, and I chose very […]

Stuck with their noses in the text

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” • Matthew 9:13 • • • In her book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse, Ruth Tucker references a prominent preacher who promotes the “complementarian” view of gender roles and who gives unrealistic advice in an […]

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie, […]

Prodigal Father

A sermon for the fourth Sunday in Lent, 2016 ❦ Text: Luke 15 There are words in our language that we seldom use. But we may identify them with one specific meaning or story, and whenever we hear the word, it brings that meaning or story to mind. One such term is the word, “prodigal.” I […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: March 7, 2016

On Mondays we’ve been looking at several things that Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, wrote on the subject of preaching. Today, an article about the relationship of public scripture reading to preaching, and a commendation of the former. Past posts: • Part 1: The sermon’s too long • Part 2: The sermon’s boring • Part 3: The sermon — I don’t understand it […]

Lent IV: Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator

Lent IV Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. I was struck this past week by the most recent discovery of the Hubble Space Telescope. Here was the announcement: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing time machine; by looking back […]

Saturday Ramblings: March 5, 2016

With spring just around the corner, we’re going to feature a different kind of Rambler vehicle for a few weeks, just to get us inspired for the warmer weather and outside activities to come. The American Rambler brand started, not with automobiles, but with bicycles that were manufactured by the Gormully & Jeffery Mfg. Co., in Chicago from […]

“How do you say ‘no’ to God?”

When you’re a poor kid from a poor family, and when a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal. How do you say no to God? • Phil Saviano in Spotlight If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one. • Mitchell Garabedian in Spotlight • • • Fourteen years […]

Lisa Dye: The Blind Leading the Blind – Jack Update

The Blind Leading the Blind: Jack Update By Lisa Dye “Dogs and cats should always be brought up together,” said someone, “it broadens their minds so.” • C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven I found this Lewis quote in The Business of Heaven, a collection of excerpts from several of his books. He further explained that affection […]

There is a way through…

Here’s another picture from the Kentucky hills for our Lenten contemplation. Click on it for a larger image. This shot was captured by our friend Alan Creech. Alan took this in Lee County, KY, just barely on the other side of the Red River Gorge. I sometimes imagine our forbears here in North America, for […]