November 17, 2019

lent 5 — life and death and food and wine…

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. • John 12:1-2 • i’m not sure i can imagine an odder scene a miracle […]

And this is Lent…

And this is Lent… Thursday started off well. I visited a woman 101 years old. Despite her age and sleepiness at the time of my visit, she was able to flash a twinkling eye and a sweet smile as we conversed. It slid pretty much downhill from there. About an hour later I found myself […]

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin Even authentic outrage is influenced by implicit strategic calculations. • Jillian Jordan & David Rand • • • Two psychologists have written an article at the New York Times about Virtue Signaling, a phrase used to counter some of the expressions of moral outrage that are so […]

lent 4 — father, son, and brother

Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. • Luke 15:11 • father, son, and brother so the story goes and every time i hear it i think i know my role my father soft of heart and willing to let me go to pay my fare when i so full of […]

Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone

Lent with John Prine Sam Stone There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes And Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose Little pitchers have big ears — don’t stop to count the years Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios Mmm…. • One of John Prine’s saddest songs — […]

lent 3 — is time running out?

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all […]

Lent with John Prine: Paradise

Lent with John Prine Paradise Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man • The 1960s and 70s was a time […]

lent 2 — foxes and hens

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, […]

Lent with John Prine: Hello in There

Lent with John Prine Hello in There We are listening to iconic American folksinger John Prine during Lent this year, choosing songs that highlight themes of the season. Of course, in Lent we think of change as well as our mortality — themes artists have always and will ever address. I can’t think of a […]

Klasie Kraalogies: Rhythm — An Atheist Contemplates Lent

Rhythm – An Atheist Contemplates Lent By Klasie Kraalogies At the heart of the cosmos is rhythm, movement, cycles. Existence is a near-infinite superposition of Ptolemaic epicycles, seasons and ice ages and aeons of move and counter-move. A few days ago someone in the comment section talked about panentheism. Popularized, if that is the right […]