I love reading biographies. It's a virtue and a vice--one third intellectual curiosity, one third gossip, and one third comfort that there are people out there weirder than me. Anna gave me a fascinating book for Christmas, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Written by Mason Curry, the book is an anthology of vignettes about how creatives have ordered their lives for work.
My Facebook feed has recently started to light up with editorial responses to the young man in South Carolina who, as valedictorian of his graduating class, set his prepared remarks aside and elected to recite the Lord's Prayer in violation of the school district's prohibition of religious observance. Here's the video. http://youtu.be/1nIr4zBz18E Your response to … Continue reading The curious case of the praying valedictorian
I'm on something of an intellectual journey to understand the essence of ordained ministry (the presbyterate and deaconate). I'm doing this for a couple of reasons. The first is that, by nature, I'm an inquisitive person and the challenge of exploring this sort of topic is really exciting to me. Second, there seem to be … Continue reading What is a pastor (cont’d)?
What was your Hortensius? What one (or more) books had a significant influence on you early in your life? In Confessions Augustine recounts a significant juncture in his spiritual journey. He writes, "...I came to a book by Cicero, whose eloquence, if not his thoughts, is admired by all. But this book of his contains … Continue reading Which books changed your life?
co·nun·drum/kəˈnəndrəm/ Noun: A confusing and difficult problem or question. A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. It was dark, not particularly cold, but drizzling with rain as the four of us walked across the parking lot last night headed for the relative comfort of a fast-food … Continue reading The charity conundrum