Monthly Archives: January 2010

It Gets a Little Gory

Back in the day, before I had a blog, I used to send massive missives to my family & friends via e-mail.  Some people begged to be taken off the list.  Others, I’m sure, just deleted them quietly.    Today I … Continue reading

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The Chronological Call Story

So, why are you in seminary?  I sometimes joke that the only reason I’m here is because I prayed for God to hit me over the head with a divine 2×4.  That super-obvious revelation didn’t happen… instead, I became the victim of divine … Continue reading

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Protestant history lesson: St. Agnes (January 21st)

The girl has long straight hair, hippy-style, quite unlike my own.  She can’t be more than 12 or 13—just barely a woman, not yet comfortable with her own body—when she runs into a stranger on the way home from school.  He’s wealthy and handsome … Continue reading

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Blogroll #2: United Methodist News Service

The UM dorkdom is coming out — it was only a matter of time.  I was talking to a friend last night (who got to meet the POTUS & FLOTUS yesterday through his work with the American Red Cross!) and voiced how … Continue reading

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My prayer as the semester begins…

  Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands— establish thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.   (Psalm 90:17, part of the Northumbria Daily Office)

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Where I’m From

I am from “biscuit” to “cookie,” from ManU to Thundering Herd—           genetically pre-disposed to love football of two kinds,                                                             but failing on both counts I am from Big Red Pack!  to Spider Sports          —from political incorrectness to easily-squished arachnids— … Continue reading

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Earthly Culture Shock

My post on culture shock yesterday reminded me of my own culture shock during my semester abroad.  I flipped through some of my old files for an illustration: Many things have surprised me about Spain, but this above all else— … Continue reading

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Heavenly Culture Shock

Returning to my church today was maravilloso.  I hadn’t realized how much I missed it over break until I walked in and found myself smiling all morning because I was glad to be there.  (Sometimes it is very difficult for … Continue reading

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Blogroll #1 – The Painted PrayerBook

“I’m dreaming of a white Epiphany…” -facebook update from my mother “I just had an epiphany. Get it?  Epiphany… heh heh.” -even worse facebook update from a friend Merry Epiphany!  (Or “Merry Women’s Christmas,” if you’re in Ireland!)  <DORK ALERT> … Continue reading

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Holy Prepuce!

First day back… holy prepuce!  We just passed the feast of the Circumcision of Christ (“on the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to took from me…”), and like the medievals I have come to the startling realization that if Christ … Continue reading

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