October 28, 2016

Another Look: It Never Helps

Note from CM: Several years ago, I wrote an essay on anger. You can read the original HERE. I've incorporated some of that post into today's. But I've also gained a few new insights on the subject since I wrote the first article. … [Continue reading...]

Music Monday: October 17, 2016

Note from CM: Another of my favorite "autumnal" albums is Mark Knopfler's Get Lucky. But rather than write about Mark myself today, I found this 2013 piece by our friend Rob Grayson that gives a good report of what it's like to … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 16, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) When our first grandchild came to be with us, my father held back, unable to bring himself again to give his heart to another child, another who would call forth his love, no matter the … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: October 15, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK In a "jingle-jangle morning" a long time ago, a young folk singer from Minnesota began a complex and rambling journey that has continued through my entire lifetime and still goes on today. His trek reached a … [Continue reading...]

Jesus blesses all the wrong people, even pastors

Note from CM: I had the privilege of going downtown to hear Nadia Bolz-Weber speak tonight. She did a couple of readings, took questions and answers, oversaw her signature "ham raffle," and signed books and took pictures with … [Continue reading...]

Letter to Jesus 2: The Pharisee in the Mirror

Dear Jesus, How is it that the people who claim to follow you most closely bear such a marked resemblance to the ones you criticized most during your ministry? People of the Book. Separated from "sinners." Concerned … [Continue reading...]

Christ’s Rabble, or Regular Folks?

David Bentley Hart has written a challenging piece at Commonweal, called "Christ's Rabble," in which he asks "whether in our wildest imaginings we could ever desire to be the kind of persons that the New Testament describes as … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: And he was a Samaritan

Sermon: Luke 17:11-19, "And he was a Samaritan" On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, … [Continue reading...]

Music Monday: October 10, 2016

Music Monday: Music from the North Country Last year, in a Saturday Ramblings post, I listed five of my favorite "autumnal" music albums, and one of them was by a family group from Nova Scotia named The Rankin Family, called … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 9, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Immortal Autumn I speak this poem now with grave and level voice In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall. I praise the flower-barren fields, the clouds, the … [Continue reading...]