Inverse Square

As I devote increasing time and energy to re-tackling my commentary on the Epistle of James, I encounter a paradox. On one hand, I work best with fewest distractions; turn me loose with my Greek text and a lexicon, and I’ll happily translate and analyze at a high pitch of intensity. Yet, as I delve…

CSI: Canterbury

Since I already have more to do than I could possibly accomplish, it occurs to me to begin planning an essay (possibly a short book) on the nature of theological evidence. I’d be drawing on one of my favorite books of theory (Questions of Evidence), on Edward Tufte’s work on information design (especially including his…

On Episcopalians and Schisms

If we truly believe in the Holy Spirit’s power to effect reconciliation and conversion, none of us has anything to lose from keeping a very low threshold for motion into and out of communion with the Anglican Core. Indeed, if we love another and hold as a goal Jesus’ will for us to be one,…

Before and After

    We brought Bea in for her summer haircut this morning, hoping to get her groomed before Margaret returned from moving Nate to Ann Arbor. Here she is, in her shaggy glory and in her shorn humility. Margaret and Nate arrived safely this afternoon, and everyone’s exhausted — but the five of us are together…

Reality Check

I could’ve sworn that when I heard the Bush press conference Thursday morning, the President referred to “the United States and America” as two nations with a friendship one wouldn’t have predicted, since sixty years ago they were at war. But I haven’t heard or seen any follow-up to that, so maybe my ears deceived…