A Shakespeare allusion in a 'poem-like substance' found on an old hard drive

Editor's note -- I found this poem while I was looking in for something else in an old hard drive where I store files from when I taught English at Benedictine University Springfield. In my creative writing classes, I wrote along with the students whenever possible -- if I was asking them to embarrass themselves … Continue reading A Shakespeare allusion in a 'poem-like substance' found on an old hard drive

John the Baptist does a bit of informal media advance for an event on the Jordan River (a meditation for Epiphany II)

Pilgrims at Qasr al-Yahud, traditional site of the baptism of Christ, November 2012. Security fence in river separates Israelis-occupied West Bank (at left) from Jordan. John 1 (NRSV) 29 The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the … Continue reading John the Baptist does a bit of informal media advance for an event on the Jordan River (a meditation for Epiphany II)

Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)

Eric Norelius (26 October 1833 – 15 March 1916) was a Swedish-American Lutheran minister, church leader, and author.[3] ... Eric Norelius was born on 26 October 1833 in Norrbäck, Hassela parish, in Nordanstig Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden. He received his early education at Hudiksvall's general school. In 1850, at the age of 17, Norelius emigrated to the United States. In May 1851, he accompanied Lars Paul … Continue reading Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)

D R A F T / Theology? Shmeology. Why the Book of James isn't an 'epistle of straw' — notes & quotes

James Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod -- in his chapter on service quotes theologian and futurist Len Sweet ... "... his point is that through the ages, different parts of the Old and New testaments have particular power and resonance. The 16th century saw the book of Romans; in our time it just … Continue reading D R A F T / Theology? Shmeology. Why the Book of James isn't an 'epistle of straw' — notes & quotes

An after-Christmas epiphany on John 1:1-5 and Genesis: We're burning up the garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiD5tB9yrc ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), Jan. 8, 2020. Genesis 2:15 (KJV). And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.To dress it and to keep it (Ellicott's Commentary). The first word literally means to work it; for though a paradise, yet the garden … Continue reading An after-Christmas epiphany on John 1:1-5 and Genesis: We're burning up the garden

Examen for 2020 (D R A F T)

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/12/30/new-years-prayer-nearly-everyone ou can do it for a whole year too, and Dec. 31 is the perfect time. Here’s how. Give yourself some time, maybe 30 minutes or so. Or longer if it’s been an eventful year. xxx 1.) Remember that you’re in God’s presence. That’s essential for any prayer. It’s not just you running through a list … Continue reading Examen for 2020 (D R A F T)

Ebenezer Scrooge, Luther's sermons and Swedish-American history: A New Year's resolution (of sorts)

On the way back from visiting family in the Quad-Cities on Christmas Day, we tuned in to the public radio station from Champaign. As we zipped down Interstate 155 from Peoria to Lincoln and onto I-55 toward home, they aired a dramatic reading from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A 45-minute dramatic reading was the … Continue reading Ebenezer Scrooge, Luther's sermons and Swedish-American history: A New Year's resolution (of sorts)