Cursory Writing

I’m busily, happily revising my essay ‘The Question Concerning Technology and Religion’ for publication in an academic journal (research, thinking and writing can be such fun! I’d forgotten!), so I don’t have time for a full-fledged post. Just want to say it’s a treat to have the chance to take this on, and to have…

Techno-Skeptics

I’m running through my essay on technology and religion (previous incarnation in the Introduction to Religious Studies, revised version for the Journal of Lutheran Ethics). I’m having fun filling in details and adding footnotes, rereading an essay I enjoy a lot, and imagining it appearing for academic consumption and interaction. Perhaps you all can help…

On Death, Part 2

I wrote the first part of this essay about six weeks ago, at which time I received helpful comments and promptly turned to finishing the final draft of my James commentary. The Doctrine Committee is about to meet again, though, so I need to have produced the second half of my part. It’ll be much…

Bunking Off Monday

It’s a bank holiday in England (not in Scotland, though the Uni and several other important venues were closed anyway), so I’m taking a blog day off. I’m only reporting that my Orioles, the worst organisation in Major League Baseball, swept the Minnesota Twins this weekend and proudly sit atop the American League East with…

Noted For Reference

Fluxblog continues its tenth anniversary celebration with the retrospective 8-disc mix of songs from 2004. If you don’t have ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Naked As We Came’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘Float On’, or other remarkable selections from that year, this is your chance to scoff them right up.  

REF Justice

The past three years have unfolded for me a fascinating variety of differences below the surface similarities of higher education in the UK (and, within the UK, between Scotland and England) and the USA. One may begin with the extent to which marking is monitored here (two internal markers per essay or exam, plus an…

Glasgow Friday

My Good Friday address is in the ‘read more’ link below. I’m wrung out and hungry, waiting for Margaret, to hear how her word from the cross went. I’m going to go do something not challenging.  

Video Before Maundy

I just found out — a little late — that the Welcome Wagon have a new album coming out soon. They’ve released a single and video for the song ‘Would You Come See Me In New York City’ before the whole album drops in June.   The Welcome Wagon- Would You Come and See Me…

Holy Week

In a wrap-up to the ‘renunciation of orders’ saga, this morning I received a very gracious email message from the Bishop of Chicago, acknowledging that the terminology should be refined, and thanking me for my ministries back in the States. So that’s sorted.   This week Margaret and I have arranged a complicated pattern of…

On Orders and Renunciation

In a curious development pertinent to my recent post about being obliged to ‘renounce my orders’ so as to serve in a different province of the Anglican Communion, the House of Bishops of the Province de l’Église Anglicane au Rwanda has had to instruct some its member bishops about orders and jurisdiction as well, though…

Not Fair At All

An Ode for Him Ah Ben! Say how, or when Shall we thy guests Meet at those lyric feasts Made at the Sun, The Dog, the Triple Tun? Where we such clusters had As made us nobly wild, not mad; And yet each verse of thine Outdid the meat, outdid the frolic wine.   My…

Franciscans Sue Starbucks

ROME (CNS) In an unexpected move, today the Franciscan Order filed suit against the Starbucks chain of coffee houses, enjoining them to refrain from using the name “cappucino” to identify their cream-topped espresso product.     Friar Roberto Pascattio, spokesman for the Order, explained that the Franciscans like a good cup of espresso as much…