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Limping Into the Sun: Frank Lake on the Spiritual Battle of Jacob

Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But […]

And the Least Shall Be the Greatest: Royal Résumés and Social Equality

This will be the first post of a short series exploring the theme of God’s particular preference for what seems small, crude, or inadequate by worldly criteria. Today, we look briefly at the account of David’s selection as king from 1 Samuel 9-16: After the Israelites first abandoned the notion of God as king of […]

The Humbling of Oscar Wilde, Part 4

I thought it fitting to end this little series on Oscar Wilde with what is probably my favorite Wilde quotation. (Click for: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 3.5.) Christ, like all fascinating personalities, had the power not merely of saying beautiful things himself, but of making other people say beautiful things to […]

White as Snow…

The following is a piece I did for my school’s Advent Devotional. It is based off of the readings for this past Monday (according to the 1979 BCP), specifically Isaiah 1:10-20. Isaiah’s words are a fitting opening for this season of Advent. In the first nine verses of chapter 1, Isaiah describes the rebellion and […]

Son of Hamas Converted

A friend of mine sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal last week, after which I promptly ran out and bought Son of Hamas, the story of the life and conversion of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the child of one of the Islamic group’s founders. A few choice quotes from the article: “I converted […]

How Will You Keep Christmas This Year? (Part 5)

Having considered in previous installments of this series why and how Christ came into the world, we now turn our attention to exactly what came into the world on Christmas day, and we turn finally to John’s Gospel. In John 1, we have an account not of the birth of a baby, or the fulfillment […]

How Will You Keep Christmas This Year? (Part 4)

Having considered in previous installments of this series why Christ came into the world, we turn our attention now to how he came. Jesus came in the manner of God’s king, the Messiah, and he came in such a way that his birth, life, death and resurrection fulfilled all that had been foretold of him […]

"Hello, Woman. It’s Me, Jesus.": Jesus, Mary, and Martha

This is part “three” in a four part series. For the introduction to the series, the first part on creation, and the second part on the Fall, click here , here , and here respectively. The Gospel of Luke. One of the major themes of Luke’s Gospel is the reality of the restoration of the […]

Freddie King: Ain`t No Sunshine When She`s Gone.

The Blues gets the Blue Note reality of life in the horizontal. (and this clip is amazing)

Galilee (Holy Land, pt.2)

Before the memory fades, I wanted to share a few thoughts from the first leg of our trip to Israel: 1. It may sound trite, but it’s quite a thing to walk where Jesus walked. Visiting the actual places where he conducted his ministry, you can’t help but connect with his humanity in a new […]

Signs And Wonders (Holy Land, Pt 1)

I’m back and I have the photos to prove it:

(On the way to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu)

Jerusalem Syndrome

This morning, as I was sharing with a friend about my upcoming trip to Israel, he made a joke about something called Jerusalem Syndrome. I had never heard about it before, but a quick Wikipedia search revealed the following. Though surely no laughing matter for those who’ve been afflicted, you can’t deny that it sounds […]