Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

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August 2013 Archives

Mental Health Break—Forte on “America’s Got Talent”

This really is like the start of a joke: three guys walk into a bar, a New Yorker, a Korean and a Puerto Rican….and then sing the following lyrics in Latin for “America’s Got Talent”: Loving Jesus, Lamb of God, […]

Bat-O-Mania

I’ve missed you at this intersection between life and God. Friday our family had to evacuate our house. That is when Rid-A-Critter announced we probably had more like 150 bats in our attic and that we really should leave…for a […]

Mental Health Break—The Nunsense of Praise Music

Yesterday NPR featured the “singing nuns of Ann Arbor, Michigan.” The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary have produced a debut album, Mater Eucharistiae, following on the heels of two separate albums by Catholic nuns that rocketed to the top of […]

5 Tips for Looking Up

I’m determined to start looking up more. And it’s not just because Bat #2—we’ll call him “Freddie”—made his entry into my office from a one-quarter inch gap in the ceiling last night as I sat working, this after two Rid-A-Critter […]

Grace in a Dementia Unit

I spend part of Friday morning in the dementia unit at a local assisted living center. (Some mornings getting the kids off to school—barely— I wonder if I belong there.) This past Friday Tom was there as usual, motionless and […]

Mental Health Break—Official Video for “Hopeless Wanderer”

All this talk about hell deserves another mental health break. Today’s comes with the serendipitous discovery that one of my favorite bands has a sense of humor. Check out the tongue-and-cheek official video for Mumford & Son’s “Hopeless Wanderer” and […]

23 Minutes in Hell?

I’m slowly making my way through Dante’s Inferno after our time in Tuscany. Right now that means dawdling in the seventh circle of hell with avaricious money lenders—look out, Wall Street—and, not surprisingly, Dante’s hell is hot and very unpleasant. […]

New Testament Scholars Weigh In On Aslan’s Book “Zealot”

By way of an update to last week’s rant about Aslan and his newly released Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, The Economist published a damning review of the book; and The Chronicle of Higher Education marshaled responses […]

Mental Health Break—Remembering How Far We’ve Come

This weekend is my 20th year high school reunion. Yup. You read that correctly. I’m still in denial about it. And I do have a good excuse for not joining my former classmates in some hotel ballroom in Los Angeles, […]

Jesus the Zealot? A Closer Look at Reza Aslan and His Latest Book

Maybe it’s because at 2 am last night my daughter woke me up and never went back to sleep. Or because at 2:05 am we discovered a bat flying around in the upstairs bedroom, having rather mysteriously snuck in from […]

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A Christmas Homily
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. —Luke 2:6,7 The sheer physicality of this picture strikes me this Christmas. The ba

posted 1:54:50pm Dec. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Mental Health Break—Sprawl II
My favorite band these days is Arcade Fire, and I've featured the Canadian indie rock group before at this intersection between God and life. The lead singer studied Kirkegaard in college and their songs, like this one, are often subtle but brilliant critiques of the least aesthetically pleasing thi

posted 12:58:15pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

I Can't Breathe and the Widow's Cry—A Guest Post
Fellow saint and sinner Saskia de Vries is a neuroscientist in Seattle, Washington and has posted before at this intersection between God and life. She, like so many of us, is grappling with the tragedies of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and the larger systemic problem they seem to reveal—namely,

posted 2:10:09pm Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Advent and Emptiness, Via Louis CK and the Prophet Isaiah
I've been making my way through the book of Isaiah. This morning's reading was from chapter 6, where the prophet Isaiah receives his call to go to the people of Israel and proclaim God's judgment of a people who have wandered away from God's purposes for them. Isaiah asks how long God's people will

posted 11:45:39am Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Advent Resurrection
It may seem strange to pair Advent with resurrection. Usually resurrection comes more naturally at Easter. But at heart the labor pangs of all creation giving birth to the Christ child are a longing for a new start. Advent is a longing to be born again. Neuroscience now teaches that every minu

posted 2:47:38pm Dec. 04, 2014 | read full post »


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