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Archived Since:February 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Nabeel Qureshi, Rest in Peace

I just discovered this young man died of cancer at age 34. His book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is one I liked for a lot of reasons, but most of all because of the look it gave me into a loving Muslim family. The Gospel Coalition has...Show More Summary

Well Said: The real religious mystery for Judaism is not our faith in God but God’s faith in us.

The great institutions of modernity were not constructed to provide meaning. Science tells us how the world came to be but not why. Technology gives us power but cannot tell us how to use it. The market gives us choices but no guidance as to which choices to make. Show More Summary

To podcast or not to podcast. That is the question.

Scott says yes. Julie says no. After they talk about it, they change sides. Still no decisions get made. But, somehow, the podcast did! (Probably because Scott reasoned so lyrically.)Alas, Julie, Sit down awhile;And let us once again...Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Portrait of Raminou the Cat

Suzanne Valadon, Portrait of Raminou the Catvia French Painters

Well Said: What human curiosity can achieve

Show a human a closed door, and not matter how many open doors she finds, she'll be haunted by what might be behind it.A few people liked to paint this drive as a weakness. A failing of the species. Humanity as the virus. The creature that never stops filling up its available living space.... Show More Summary

Red Harvest at SFFaudio

I completely missed this last week. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett was the topic of discussion for Jesse, Paul, Scott, Rose, and me at SFFaudio podcast. It's a brutal story but the writing is fantastic. Take a listen!

Pop Wisdom

GONE BABY GONEPatrick Kenzie: I find the people who started in the cracks and then fell through. This city can be hard. When I was young, I asked my priest how you could get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. Show More Summary

Genesis Notes: Judah's Story

GENESIS 38Judah's story never even registered with me on any previous readings of Genesis. As I was taking it in, my jaw dropped. Quite the parallel to Joseph indeed. If y'all don't know what I'm talking about, go read this story in chapter 38. Show More Summary

Well Said: Editing History to Popular Taste

As a construct, history is too often revised to match contemporary views. It has been said that each generation must rewrite history in order to understand it. The opposite is true. Moderns revise history to make it palatable, not to understand it. Show More Summary

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. CoreyFor generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. A massive alien gate has appeared that may lead to the stars or to destruction.JimShow More Summary

Cheesy Chicken-and-Spinach Stromboli Ring

It's a sort of pizza jelly-roll filled with deliciousness. It's the latest meal at Meanwhile, Back in the Kitchen.

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter

Born in South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he'd ever had. Show More Summary

Thank You for The Wind in the Willows!

What a wonderful surprise it was to have this show up unexpectedly in my mailbox this morning! To whoever went to the trouble of visiting my Amazon wishlist and sending me this little treasure — thank you!

Well Said: Tolkien and Democracy

I am not a "democrat," if only because "humility" and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, till some Orc gets hold of a ring of power—and then we get and are getting slavery. J.R.R. Tolkien

The Remedy for a Bad Homily

We've got a couple of priests and one full-time deacon in our parish, as well as a couple of regularly scheduled fill-in priests for weekend masses. Of those, one is an outstanding homilist and the others are, at best, average. Occasionally...Show More Summary

Well Said: You can't object to "cultural" apparently

"Cultural, is it?" Dr. Hopkins looked relieved. He was a man who tried to see the best in everybody but the city had gotten rather complicated since he was a boy... He wasn't sure that he liked everything that was happening, but a lot of it was "cultural," apparently, and you couldn't object to that, so he didn't. Show More Summary

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