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The First Day

Back when I was first out of college I would spend many of the cold Michigan winter nights writing songs and trying my hand at poetry. During one particularly snow-packed couple of days I had the opportunity to meditate on the creation story in Genesis 1, and decided to put it to verse. Now, I have no pretensions of being a poet, and none of mine really have meter or rhyme, so they are a lot more...

Attitude Adjustment

rezlife began a new month-long series last night, entitled ‘Attitude Adjustment.’ This series will take a more in-depth look at the Beatitudes as found in Matthew 5. Even though ‘Beatitude’ in meaning has nothing to do with ‘attitude,’ (as beatitudines is Latin for ‘blessed’) the parallelism of the beatitudes themselves (blessed is this person/...

Turn, Turn, Turn

This morning I was reading Psalm 85 in a version derived from the Septuagint text, and was struck by an interesting repetition of theme that was actually captured in the English rendition. *For the End; a psalm for the sons of Korah. O Lord, You were pleased with Your land; You turned back the captivity of Jacob; You forgave the transgressions of Your people; You covered all their sins. (Pause)...

Let It Be Silent

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord...

Of Gods and Elephant Tusks

But though I see his point I disagree; For man, to me, is fabric of the gods, One stuff with them, potentially themselves; Less in degree, less purified, less free, But of their being, one at heart with them; Descended from them, seeking them up again To shed this close-constricting shell, and rise To the intensity and freedom of their power.[1. Pheidias, John Galen Howard, p. 150] Awhile ago I...

Individual Substance of a Rational Nature

A month and a half ago I was inspired by my brother’s foray into the burgeoning world of auto-tune theology (which, no doubt, is suffering from an over-population problem) and decided I would make my own attempt. However, as the market for auto-tune theology is surely quite crowded, I went a slightly different, albeit related, route. Listen to the auto-tune track here. The text for this...

Mystery

This installment of my church fathers’ paraphrases comes from St. Hilary of Poitiers. Hilary was born to pagan parents sometime around AD 310, but early in his life his study of the scriptures led to his conversion. He was well beloved and respected and in 353 was elected to the bishopric of Poitiers. Hilary’s life spanned the Arian controversy, and he inserted himself significantly...

Let’s Go to Bethlehem! (bring your crayons…)

This video was created for KidsCOR’s upcoming advent curriculum series Let’s Go to Bethlehem! I just finished it up earlier this afternoon. When I was initially brainstorming for the graphics and video, I was given the task of utilizing a map of the Holy Land as well as focusing on the manger scene with Jesus, Mary and Joseph. At first I was going to do something fairly...

The Greatest Torment

We should desire nothing other than the joy of the truth that is Christ, avoid nothing other than his absence. The greatest torment of a rational creature consists in the deprivation or absence of Christ. Indeed, this must be considered the one cause of total and eternal sorrow. Take Christ from me, and I am left with no good thing, nor will anything terrify me so much as his absence. The...

Beauty is Everywhere

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous outside, (in the 60’s near the end of November in Kansas!) so Megan and I headed out to the Overland Park Arboretum to enjoy what will probably be one of the last nice weekends (weather-wise) for the rest of the year. We took out the Canon T2i to snap some shots, and came up with some pretty nice pictures, if I do say so myself… 🙂

Unity

This edition of my series of church fathers’ paraphrases come from Pope St. Leo the Great. His date of birth is unknown, but he died A.D. 461. In the Catholic Church he is one of the Doctors of the Church, declared so by Benedict XIV in 1754. Leo rose to the papacy in 440, fresh off a diplomatic mission to Gaul as a deacon under his predecessor Sixtus III. It seems that Leo was still in the...

The Resurrection and the Life

Spirit groans, so that flesh would come to life. Life groans, so that death would be put to flight. God groans, so that humanity would rise.[1. Peter Crysologus, Sermon 65.1] “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”[2. 1 Corinthians 15:55 TNIV] In the famous courtroom scene from one of my favorite movies, A Man for All Seasons, St. Thomas More is being tried for his...

Upon the Waters

This edition of my Church Fathers paraphrases comes from Hippolytus. Little to nothing is known of his early life, although it seems that he was a disciple of the famous bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus. Hippolytus may have been his disciple in either Lyons or Rome, but he later became a presbyter in Rome. There are conflicting accounts concerning his episcopal office- Jerome and Eusebius say he was...

Sad Bird, Happy Bird

New video for rezlife this week- Sticks and Stones.
This 2 week series for 7th/8th graders is on the things we say, bullying- you know, all those fun middle school issues we all remember so fondly. As I was coming up with a concept for this, I wasn’t having much luck really thinking of anything that would speak to this subject.

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