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Lectionary@Lunch Live – 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
December 19, 2014 – 5:56 pm | One Comment

Paul Raabe continues the discussion of the Old Testament pericopies in Advent Year B.

Words, Words, Words
December 21, 2010 – 6:00 am | 7 Comments
Words, Words, Words

Hamlet could not have dreamed of this

Elizabeth Edwards, Happiness, and God
December 14, 2010 – 6:17 am | One Comment
Elizabeth Edwards, Happiness, and God

. . . one more curious snowflake in the information blizzard in which we live.

Macy’s, Handel’s Messiah, and a random act of hyperspace
December 13, 2010 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

By now, it has been making the email and Facebook rounds many times over: The Opera Company of Philadelphia hides in the Center City Philadephia Macy’s on Saturday, October 30, and during the height of the busy shopping day breaks into an “impromptu” performance of the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” It was a “Random Act of Culture,” funded by the Knight Foundation as a campaign to bring “classical artists out of the performance halls, into the streets – and our everyday lives.” The only reason we know about it—and have “seen” it—is because it was posted on YouTube. And in the weeks since it has gone, as they say, viral. Three years ago, I wrote in a more academic venue about the experience of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular as an experience of cultural “transgression.” It seems that a similar…

Bible Translations and the Christmas Story
December 13, 2010 – 12:02 pm | 5 Comments
Bible Translations and the Christmas Story

Something about Mary

Why you’re more likely to find the next revolution in a church pew than on Twitter
November 30, 2010 – 10:19 pm | 2 Comments
Why you’re more likely to find the next revolution in a church pew than on Twitter

I spent some of my Thanksgiving holiday catching up on the stack of magazines that had piled up, mostly issues of The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly (got to keep an eye on the high and low brows). Perhaps the most thought-provoking read I have come across lately is by The New Yorker ’s Malcolm Gladwell , of Blink and Outlier fame, in his New Yorker article “Small Change” on why social media like Twitter and Facebook will not (despite popular opinion) lead to great movements for social change. His reasoning is based on a sociological distinction between “weak-tie” and “strong-tie” activism.

Reflections on a Soil Motif
November 17, 2010 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
Reflections on a Soil Motif

Not too long ago scholars spoke of the story of salvation in the bible as “salvation- history .” In part this phrase meant that God carried out his work of salvation in history through a historical people and through historical events. This distinguished Christianity from so-called nature religions that too closely identified their gods with nature. We called that pantheism

Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual
November 9, 2010 – 11:38 pm | No Comment
Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual

I gave up my Starbucks addiction a long time ago. (In a previous life, the Webster/Old Orchard Starbucks was a near-daily stop on my way to work until I realized that it was part of the reason I gained 25 pounds and lost most of the cash in my wallet.) But I couldn’t help seeing Starbucks’ still new ad campaign while I was recently in the airport. “Take Comfort in Rituals.” Does it bring to mind visions of a hot cup of chai?

Another New Bible in English
November 1, 2010 – 10:21 am | 16 Comments
Another New Bible in English

They’re changing my Bible again??!!?

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word
October 28, 2010 – 7:37 pm | 6 Comments
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word

Sola Fide and some really old guys

“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits
October 15, 2010 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits

From the 2009 Interfaith Partnership Annual Dinner. Photo credit: www.interfaithstl.org.