Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Were children again: Report from Camp Fasola, 2009, Session 1 (Adults Emphasis)

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

At nearly the last minute, Tom Malone suggested that we drive down to Camp Fasola on the Sunday before Camp began in the evening, and return on Thursday, the last day of Camp. I had to work on Friday (“Work—the curse of the singing class,” quipped Richard Schmeidler at dinner ...

Renewing Mennonite communal worship

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

A response to R Dean Hudgens's Tongues and Tribes: Musical Change in a Mennonite Congregation. I am very, very grateful for the time I spent at Reba Place Church (1990-1996, 1998 or so), and loved the music there. I was very grateful for the intentional way that the call to anti-racism ...

Interesting weblog: Aristotle’s Feminist Subject

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Aristotle's Feminist Subject: interesting weblog: This blog has been a way to interact with some of you around "subjects" that Aristotle has taught too many of us in the west, even today, to disparage: females, rhetoric, and translation. Until we’ve recovered, I guess I'll blog a bit more . Also: The WOMBman's ...

Tweet creed

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Because of the call for a Tweet Creed (Christian belief in 140 characters or less): We follow Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again to save us. He tells us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The Book of Psalms

Monday, June 16th, 2008



Psalm 131

Monday, May 5th, 2008

See it full size for the best effect, I think: Psalm 131. I made this slide show for worship this past Sunday, using CC photographs from Flickr, and music from Lindsay Phillips. It was prompted by Psalm 131: Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; ...

And so friends …

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

So, friends, every day do something that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the world.

Harmonia Sacra online

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Here's a labor of love: the Harmonia Sacra online. The Harmonia Sacra is a shape-note tunebook in the Mennonite tradition. Originally published in 1832 by Joseph Funk as A Compilation of Genuine Church Music, it has gone through twenty-six editions. This on-line version provides both seven-shape and four-shape ("Sacred Harp"-style) versions ...

A crack in everything

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Fred Clark gets it: One of the first questions when approaching the subject of human nature tends to be are we essentially good or essentially rotten? The Christian answer -- "Yes!" -- can seem like a cop-out, or a contradiction, or a paradox (the euphemism theologian's use for those contradictions we ...

Blessed Hope Services

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

The kind people at Blessed Hope Old Regular Baptist Church in Liberty Kentucky have been making their worship services available online, including lots of 'lined out' hymns. The general website is at 'Blessed Hope Services'. One very nice hymn is 'Beside the gospel pool' (mp3). I love how you can ...

“When you mix politics and religion, you get politics”

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Second thoughts, perhaps, on the part of the religious right, according to the New York Times Magazine's David D. Kirkpatrick. (Perhaps I should tag this under 'politics' alone).

Glory to rival the sun

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

This past weekend, Bess, Jane and I attended the 50th anniversary of the founding of Reba Place Church, the church we attended in the 90's when I was in graduate school and for a few years afterwards. Saturday was spent going though a decade by decade retrospective. Reba began ...

Kelly (and Susan) Clark

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Sunday evening, Bess, a number of friends, and I went to hear Calvin professors Kelly Clark (philosophy) and Steve Matheson (biology) speak on "God after Darwin, Dawkins, and Dennet" at the Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids. Kelly has been a friend of Bess's since high school, and Susan ...

Two small occasional works

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

This has been a delightful weekend. On Saturday, I attended the Golden Gate Sacred Harp singing in San Francisco (with a nice Après-chant at Philip's house, nicely described by Linda, who also has pictures of the singing). In the morning today, Jeff Shrager took me to see redwoods and banana ...

Reading the Revelation at Lent

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Excellent teaching by Debbie Gish at Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco, Reading the Revelation at Lent. Excerpt: Like it or not, which often I don’t, we are actually in a battle, in a war. Being strong, being focused, being whole hearted and single-minded are painfully necessary....This isn’t a war ...

Miss Amy’s witness

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

The Rev. Vernon Tyson remembers 'Miss Amy's witness,' during the civil rights era in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1963, when the Rev. Vernon Tyson was pastor of Jonesboro Methodist Church in Sanford, he invited Dr. Samuel Proctor to preach for what was called Race Relations Sunday. Proctor, an African-American and one ...

Fourth century words about words

Friday, February 9th, 2007

St. Basil, who lived from around 330-379 CE, is one of the "three hierarchs" of the Orthodox Church. I've just finished reading (in a translation by RJ Deferrai), an excellent essay On the distinction between ousia and hypostasis. In this letter, he writes very clearly about the Christian view of ...

Why sing Sacred Harp? redux

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Maggie Leonard, responding to Linda's statement about singing Sacred Harp that I quoted recently: That says it all. I'm not a doctrinal Christian. I tried for years to accept the doctrinal view of Jesus, but couldn't when I searched my soul. However, this music rises beyond doctrine and summons the spirit ...

First KMenno worship service

Monday, January 29th, 2007

The first worship service of the Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship happened yesterday--five people (including Bess, Jane and me) were present. Jane revealed the 'psalm, hymn or spiritual song' she's been keeping secret: O Come, O Come Imannuel. I began a series on the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective; the ...

Happy birthday, anabaptism

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

482 years old yesterday, according to YAR.