Good Birthday News

The two events are not, I suspect, causally related, but today is my mother’s birthday (Yay, Mom!) — a sufficient reason for joy and celebration by itself. Candles and song, if not a parade and marching bands, will no doubt ensue on Nantucket Island today.   Yet while I was browsing around the Web this…

Tempted In Every Way As We Are

I was thinking about the gospel passage that cites popular opinion to the effect that Jesus was a glutton and a wino this afternoon, and wondering why our visual representations of Jesus never hint at the physical symptoms that might have corroborated such an assessment.   Not, that is, that I irreverently wish that our…

Ideas Crashing Together

Darryl prodded me, the other day, to point to the Auseinandersetzung between Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom about the nature, importance, and current status of Edupunk. I had so many, such varied thoughts about it that I stalled out trying to figure out just what to say.   On one hand, I’m not a punk…

Blister City

Not my feet, though that’s what one would suppose with my recent foray into locomotion — but my fingers. My very handsome little Sheaffer 5-30 Ringtop has a section that will not let go. This one is resisting even more fiercely than the Spors.

Mark of the Greek

Two goodies for Greek students: the SBL Greek typeface (designed by John Hudson) has been released for free downloading, and Rod Decker is compiling an online list of errata for the Bauer-Danker Lexicon.   On an entirely different topic, the second day of running jog-walking strains and aches very differently from the first day.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The ring around the bathroom washbasin means that Pippa’s hair is now some shade of purple. She hasn’t descended yet, so I haven’t seen the corpus dilecti, but I’m sure it will be fine. I think her ordinary hair color is exquisite, but if she wants purple for a few weeks I don’t mind. Photographic…

That Time Of Year Again

The FalconCam is on again, offering live coverage of the Evanston Public Library’s resident falcons’ nest-building, egg-care, hatching, and fledging process. Plus, if you scroll down the page a little, they display a lovely photo of one of last year’s young falcons.   This means that for the next few weeks, Margaret will frequently message…

Well, That’s A First

I just bid goodbye to two of Durham’s finest, who had been sent ’round to our home to investigate a complaint that our address was selling guns and drugs. The officers came to our back door — which we neveer use — because “that’s how you have to get into the upstairs apartment,” and were…

Dinosaur Hermeneutics

Dinosaur Comics shows that some of the problems pertaining to biblical interpretation had already been understood before the first hominids started quarreling over who has the right interpretation of Roman 3:21-26.

Wise Counsel

Yesterday, Mark Goodacre posted a link to a blog that reports the Rev. Canon John Fenton’s advice for Residentiary Canons from Christ Church, Oxford. I was relieved to note that I already try to keep most of the rules that apply to my sort of ministry; they all seem exceptionally apposite to leading effective and…

Out Of Shape Faculty

No, not my physique (although that’s absolutely true; in my fantasy world Margaret or I would get a job near a gym we could afford to belong to so that I could be active and healthy as Halley) — I mean, my faculty of critical recollection and assessment of musical information. I realized, the other…