Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data/surveillance.html The measures included on this page are daily indicators of how Illinois and its regions and counties are being impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to monitor these indicators to identify early increases of virus transmission, and stress on hospital resources. SELECT COUNTY (or click on map) for local metrics. [To … Continue reading Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

Football coach, 6-3 majority on US Supreme Court fumble, drop the ball on public school prayer case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-LNBJIk-mY&t=64s KING-5 news report, April 24, 2022. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Matthew 6:5. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16. I'll leave it … Continue reading Football coach, 6-3 majority on US Supreme Court fumble, drop the ball on public school prayer case

What can Roger Williams and Swedish Lutherans of the 1850s tell us about the culture wars? A research proposal

Alonzo Chappel, "Landing of Roger Williams," 1857 (Wikimedia Commons) “I have to write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don't know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it again.”― Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor, quoted in Goodreads. … Continue reading What can Roger Williams and Swedish Lutherans of the 1850s tell us about the culture wars? A research proposal

Cheers from the MAGA crowd for saying the quiet part out loud — US rep says Roe v. Wade repeal a ‘victory for white life’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNAmRRpAemU WGN News, Channel 9, Chicago US Rep. Mary Miller's PR people said it was “a mix-up of words,” but her audience at a fairgrounds near Quincy cheered, and the news went worldwide. In the UK, the Guardian's international edition carried an Associated Press story reporting: Illinois Republican Mary Miller told a crowd at a … Continue reading Cheers from the MAGA crowd for saying the quiet part out loud — US rep says Roe v. Wade repeal a ‘victory for white life’

Dear Christians, one and all rejoice! — we can study Johann Walther’s (and Luther’s) first chorale book online

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpNsuVQ3sUg Selections by Today I stumbled across a YouTube post I expect to spend a lot of time with, even though it features music that's not exactly on the charts today -- and it's a pretty wonky thing to curl up with for light summer reading. It's an audio file … Continue reading Dear Christians, one and all rejoice! — we can study Johann Walther’s (and Luther’s) first chorale book online

Florida synagogue challenges state’s abortion ban on religious grounds for mandating theological doctrine

*** UPDATE (June 24) *** I posted this last night, hours before the Supreme Court handed down its opinion overthrowing Roe v. Wade. But I think the reasoning behind the Florida lawsuit won't be affected, since it challenges a state law in the state courts. Nor should the religious freedom issue be affected, since it … Continue reading Florida synagogue challenges state’s abortion ban on religious grounds for mandating theological doctrine

John C. Mehrling, 1941-June 11, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90GonV40di8 St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Saint Thomas Choir School, New York City, 2011 My cousin, John Calvin Mehrling of Waynesville, N.C., died unexpectedly Saturday, in a one-car accident on his way home from a live steam train outing across the mountains in Tennessee. Our extended family is scattered over two continents and … Continue reading John C. Mehrling, 1941-June 11, 2022

Proclaiming the ‘E Word’ on the Z App — walking the talk as the SARS-CoV-2 variants shape an uneasy new normal

Debi and I recently finished co-facilitating a six-week book study on evangelism for our parish church -- over Zoom no less -- and it was a pleasant surprise. The book, Reclaiming the 'E' Word: Waking Up to Our Evangelical Identity, is by Kelly Fryer, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who … Continue reading Proclaiming the ‘E Word’ on the Z App — walking the talk as the SARS-CoV-2 variants shape an uneasy new normal

Can an 11th-century legend of St. Patrick teach a 21st-century skeptic to pray? Echoes of a hymn from my confirmation

An Ignatian colloquy for Trinity 2020 -- 2 of ___ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fqzWs6KPoE St. Patrick's Breastplate, arr. Rod Lewis, Columbia, S.C., Trinity Sunday 2020 Editor's note. As I try to jumpstart my prayer life, I've been experimenting with Jesuit prayer exercises known as Ignatian contemplation and the Triple Colloquy, in which you imagine yourself interacting with Jesus. … Continue reading Can an 11th-century legend of St. Patrick teach a 21st-century skeptic to pray? Echoes of a hymn from my confirmation

A historical quest for the perfect (sugar-free) East Carolina barbecue sauce — and a recipe from the 1850s

Brother Jack's (photo: Tim Glazner's Swank Pad), Knoxville, Tenn., ca. 1975 My quest for the perfect barbecue is turning into something as detailed, historical -- and speculative -- as the quest for the historical Jesus (which I've blogged about, HERE and HERE). But it started out with a simple question -- with charcoal-grilling season coming … Continue reading A historical quest for the perfect (sugar-free) East Carolina barbecue sauce — and a recipe from the 1850s