Of the Holy Trinity, the presence of Christ in faith and the stories we tell

Luther's Small Catechism, 1529 (Wikimedia Commons) God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. —Richard Rohr OFM The Holy Trinity landed in my inbox this morning and told me a story. Well, that makes it sound a little too dramatic and … Continue reading Of the Holy Trinity, the presence of Christ in faith and the stories we tell

Is Elon Musk egging on QAnon, or is he simply naive? Either way, he has no sense of media ethics whatsoever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti7LiO_QnRE David Axelrod: 'He said [political invective] gets the Brooklyn up in him.' Well, that certainly didn't take very long, did it? The Washington Post reports that Elon Musk's tweeted invective about US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband and White House infectious disease adviser Anthony Faucci has "injected new energy into the jumbled set of … Continue reading Is Elon Musk egging on QAnon, or is he simply naive? Either way, he has no sense of media ethics whatsoever

‘Watchman, tell me does the morning …’: A rousing African diaspora version of a shape-note song I like to play for Advent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yxfMq9yh20 Posted to YouTube (two years ago) by Zippie Elijah. Content advisory. Some very nerdy notes about playing this song the mountain dulcimer are tacked on at the bottom, which may be of limited interest. But it's a fine old hymn in the 19th-century "Sunday school" tradition that in later years would give rise to … Continue reading ‘Watchman, tell me does the morning …’: A rousing African diaspora version of a shape-note song I like to play for Advent

Pilgrims: Reading about a pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino de Santiago as I set out on my chemotherapy journey

Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte, Spain (Wikimedia Commons) After my first round of chemotherapy Tuesday at Southern Illinois University's Simmons Cancer Center, I was asked how it went. I think my answer surprised us both (I know it did me), and the conversation went a little bit like this. "I liked it," I blurted … Continue reading Pilgrims: Reading about a pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino de Santiago as I set out on my chemotherapy journey

British tech writer reads Elon Musk’s Twitter dump so you don’t have to — ‘a big, hyped, coordinated’ partisan hit job

Enemy of the People? (Wikimedia Commons) A British tech writer and UK technology editor for the Guardian took time away from covering the FTX cryptocurrency scandals to post an item today to the paper's website with the intriguing headline: "I read Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ so you don’t have to." That head's a fair summary … Continue reading British tech writer reads Elon Musk’s Twitter dump so you don’t have to — ‘a big, hyped, coordinated’ partisan hit job

Lovely, beautifully filmed airing of Paul McCreesh’s Praetorius Christmas Mass on Mezzo, the French TV channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkfkLxmMm3Y Posted to YouTube channel Felices Cantus Baroque, Aug. 5, 2022 Found, while I was looking for something else (which is the way I find some of my favorite videos), a new performance of Paul McCreesh conducting the Gabrieli Consort and Players in the Praetorius Christmas Mass that McCreesh reconstructed out of 16th- and early … Continue reading Lovely, beautifully filmed airing of Paul McCreesh’s Praetorius Christmas Mass on Mezzo, the French TV channel

Did Justice Thomas violate 28 USC 455 during the Supreme Court’s latest no-good, very-bad week?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGEzX8o4qwE MSNBC, Dec. 8, 2022 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGEzX8o4qwE&t=131s) 28 U.S. Code § 455 - Disqualification of justice, judge, or magistrate judge(a) Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.(b)He shall also disqualify himself in the following circumstances:[...](4) He knows that he, … Continue reading Did Justice Thomas violate 28 USC 455 during the Supreme Court’s latest no-good, very-bad week?

Does Senator Warnock’s re-election testify to the transformative power and witness of the Black church? I think it does

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-oS1ycq9RM Segment on the 'Morning Joe' program, Dec. 7, 2022 Growing up down South in civil rights days, I was able to watch the transformative witness of the Black church in action. I watched it from a safe distance -- my home town was middle class and lily-white -- but when the high school in … Continue reading Does Senator Warnock’s re-election testify to the transformative power and witness of the Black church? I think it does

Nerdy, music major-y question about an Anglo-Irish hymn — worth a listen even if you aren’t a music theory nerd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fqzWs6KPoE Rod Lewis and students, Church of the Apostles, Columbia, SC, Trinity Sunday 2020 Since it looks like I'm about to get locked out of Facebook again (I blogged about it HERE, back in May), I'm going to post something about a hymn that's associated with Trinity Sunday and St. Patrick's Day instead of Advent. … Continue reading Nerdy, music major-y question about an Anglo-Irish hymn — worth a listen even if you aren’t a music theory nerd

In dir ist Freude: A German chorale with roots in madrigal tradition that just makes me happy (especially this performance)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMcKrSjmo4s Capella de la Torre (https://www.youtube.com/@capelladelatorre7664) Dec. 8, 2020 Kind of a trifecta here. I've been posting YouTube videos lately of music that just makes me happy when I watch them, and this one hits at least three of my criteria: It's by one of my favorite early music groups, Capella de la Torre. It … Continue reading In dir ist Freude: A German chorale with roots in madrigal tradition that just makes me happy (especially this performance)