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Hidden Treasure in the British Museum

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The British Museum contains some of the greatest treasures of the world. Here you can view that actual Rosetta Stone. This amazing museum is filled with the finest remnants of the ancient world. If you visit the once-famous Temple of […]

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Stumbling into Pottermania

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While Linda and I were in London, we stumbled into a bit of Pottermania. Taking the Tube to Leicester Square, we emerged to find unexpected crowds of people, especially teenage girls. What was going on? We had accidentally crashed the […]

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Happy Surprise on the Fourth of July

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My wife and I were in London on July 4th, Independence Day for Americans. For the British, of course, July 4th represents the beginning of a losing war effort and the ultimate loss of the American colonies. So I was […]

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Nisi Dominus Frustra

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While in London, my wife and I visited several of the usual tourist sites: Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. For those who haven’t been to London, let me say that the Tower of […]

Loving Language, Section 2

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In my last post I talked about having fun decoding some of the modern Greek I saw during my recent trip to Europe. I also enjoyed some of the peculiarities of English in Britain. Of course the Brit might well […]

Loving Language

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One of the things I most enjoy about traveling in foreign countries is being exposed to different languages. During my days as a student I actually studied seven languages. Yes, seven: Spanish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Latin. All […]

Evensong in London

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While in London, my wife and I attended a Sunday Evensong service at St. James Paddington Anglican church. While walking in, I noticed the sign advertised: “Professional choir at both service.” This made me worry a bit. Are folks coming […]

Just in Case You’re Confused

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Just after I got off the plane in London, I saw the sign to the right. I had to chuckle. Of course we Americans would refer euphemistically to the “Women’s Restroom,” though women don’t actually rest in such places. We […]

More from Kensington Gardens

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Part 8 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I talked a bit about Peter Pan, who was “created” in Kensington Gardens, Londan, through the creativity of J. M. […]

Peter Pan Still Charms

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Part 7 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series One of the most beloved of plays written for children is Peter Pan, by J. M. Barie. It began with stories that Barie told […]

Santorini

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Santorini is a collection of islands in the southern Aegean Sea. Technically, it’s called an archipelago, and it is part of Greece. Santorini was formed from an ancient volcano, which, when it blew its top, left a circular group of […]

Photos from Ephesus

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On our recent trip to Europe, we had the chance to visit Ephesus, which lies just off the western coast of Turkey. Some of what we saw in Ephesus was truly amazing, such as the theatre in the photo to […]

Friends

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Friends sitting in an open market in Tuscania, Italy.

Being in London as History is Made

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Part 6 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As the last leg of our European sojourn, my wife and I spent six days in London. We were there from July 1 to […]

Flowers, Anyone?

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The flowers throughout London are wonderful, especially in flower boxes and hanging baskets. On their exteriors, most pubs feature baskets spilling over with bright, colorful flowers. But the Churchill Arms has to take the cake (or the scone, or whatever […]

Why Do Europeans Smoke So Much? Section B

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Part 5 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to theorize on why Europeans, in general, smoke more than Americans. My first idea was: Reason #1: Europeans […]

Mind Your Head

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Here is one of my all-time favorite signs from my recent vacation in Europe: Europeans are fond of saying “Mind . . .” when we Americans would say “Watch out for . . . .” In the Tube (subway) of […]

Why Do Europeans Smoke So Much? Section A

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Part 4 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I noted that Europeans, in general, smoke more than Americans, in general. (Only the Swedes smoke less than Americans.) Plus, […]

The Smell of Europe?

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Part 3 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’ve been to Europe three times, and every time I feel the same sense of shock when I first step off the airplane and […]

A Classy Experience

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Part 2 of series: European Reflections 2006 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I realize that there are different classes of people in this world. I’m talking about socio-economic classes, you know, upper class, middle class, lower […]

A Different Way to Fly

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Part 1 of series: European Reflections 2007 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I don’t do a lot of flying. As a pastor, mostly I stay put and shepherd my own congregation, with only an occasional sojourn […]

European Reflections 2007

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I often put up various reflections after my summer vacation. Mostly these are lighthearted bits that offer me a chance to mull over what I have experienced while […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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