Plus Ça Change

The other day I felt a rush of retrospective excitement as I read through David’s post on “why anonymity should be the default” on the internet, and then clicked over to Eric’s response. We’ve been having arguments like this for years, but it’s been a long time since it has come to the future (its…

Nothing New Here, Move Along

The New York Times article on the Dead Sea community takes the predictable “newsy” angle by playing up doubts about whether the Dead Sea site should be associated with Essenes; its closing line, “Despite the rising tide of revisionist thinking, other scholars of the Dead Sea scrolls continue to defend the Essene hypothesis, though with…

Theological Turbulence

The Episcopal Church — the US branch office of the Anglican Communion (for the time being) — stands at an increasingly awkward point, as the cartoon figure with one foot on either side of a widening chasm. Many will point out that its actually rests on just one foot, and the Episcopal Church is managing…

Technical Questions

OK, I got a cable to connect my Motorola V[erizon]265, and it makes an effective USB connection from my cell phone — but as far as I can tell, one of the corporate links in this chain has set up the phone so that the photo images on the phone are encrypted and inaccessible apart…

Live! From Glen Ellyn!

Well, not live exactly, but I’m pasting the text of yesterday’s sermon into the “extended” part of the post below. Everything went very well, I had the honor of serving alongside Rodney Clapp (who was a last-minute fill-in acolyte), and renewing acquaintances with some of the people who came out for the da Vinci Code…

Omitted!

The Stylus Magazine Top Ten List of “Songs that List Women’s Names” omits the Beautiful South’s “Song for Whoever,” far more witty (lyrically and musically) than any of the titles Stylus cites, and far more self-conscious about the very notion of a “song that lists women’s names.” The fact that the song references both Jennifer…

Time Passing

This morning, NPR belatedly took up the brouhaha over Núñez and Sweetser’s article (PDF, warning!) about the unusual ways that Aymara-language speakers express their orientation in time with spatial metaphors: whereas most cultures depict the future as in front of us (and the past behind), Aymara spatializes the future as behind and the past as…

Notice

I’ve never seen the Stephen Colbert show (I have seen some clips on the net), but I appreciate the internet wizardry that makes possible such diversions as the “You’re On Notice” board generator. For all among us who’ve got a little list, this provides a handy, clever way of putting them on notice.

Perhaps A Sermon

I think that Sunday’s sermon will hang on the words from the epistle lesson, “Thieves must give up stealing.” Steve Fowl has a terrific essay on this premise, so I mustn’t go read it till I’m done, lest I simply reproduce what he has done better. Something charms me, though, about the letter addressing its…

Dry Well

It’s been a very long time since I preached. This week’s sermon has been resisting extraction from my imagination. In fact, it’s been resisting conception.

News From the North

I’m proud that Bowdoin College, Margaret’s and my alma mater, was planning to offer free wireless to the town of Brunswick, Maine — but disappointed that the misguided Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act prevents their offering this service.