One Album, Three Seasons! (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)

Disclosure of Material Connection: One time when we were in college, hanging out outside Caribou Coffee, I put my hand on Steve’s forehead and started to fake push his head against the brick wall. But I didn’t let go soon enough, so caused him “actual pain,” the same safe words I had to employ another … Continue reading One Album, Three Seasons! (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)

What Jonah, Honest Toddler, McNulty, and Choose Your Own Adventure Novels Have in Common

I have Honest Toddler to thank for helping me keep my wits about me as the father of three young kids. Here’s a recent Facebook status of this all-too familiar personality: Good Morning! Wow it’s like it has been forever. …. Anyway for breakfast I’ll have 6 plain pancakes … on the red plate. Not … Continue reading What Jonah, Honest Toddler, McNulty, and Choose Your Own Adventure Novels Have in Common

Tuesdays in Lent with Bonhoeffer: Forgiveness

On November 17, 1935, Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached at the gymnasium-turned-chapel of the Finkenwalde Preachers’ Seminary. His text was Matthew 18:21-35. In this “Parable of the Unmerciful Servant,” Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive the person who sins against him. I imagine Peter is already mustering all he can, and maybe even now proud … Continue reading Tuesdays in Lent with Bonhoeffer: Forgiveness

Who is the New Pope? Bergoglio (now Francis I) of Argentina

The cardinals today selected a new pope. From the New York Times: With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, … Continue reading Who is the New Pope? Bergoglio (now Francis I) of Argentina