Category Archives: history

There is something stronger than despair

I keep thinking about Matthew Warren and William Cowper; men divided by centuries but who might understand each other.  Matthew was the 27 year old son of pastor Rick Warren, and this past Friday Matthew took his own life.  This, … Continue reading

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All Saints Day: The Church of Foolish Lovers

Note: Since writing this post I’ve done some additional reading and I now doubt the report (from church historian Eusebius) that Origen castrated himself.  My apologies to my brother Origen for passing that story on!  11/1/2014 Frederick Buechner said that … Continue reading


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The joy of homeschool rabbit trails

This is how it works, on a day like today: 1.  A few days ago I posted a link to Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping”, which led to…. 2.  Hearing on Facebook how much a friend loved the song, which led to… 3.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Sword of the Lord

Note:  Earlier this spring I received a pdf pre-release copy of Andrew Himes’s book The Sword of the Lord:  The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family.  The book’s official release date is May 16th, and my review follows: Andrew … Continue reading

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Using the Bible to Support Aboliton – and Slavery

I’m currently reading a book called The Sword of the Lord:  The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family by Andrew Himes.   I snagged the opportunity to read it for review before publication, and I am loving it.  American history, … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer’s Birthday (One Day Late)

It’s snowing again this morning.  We are certainly having a gen-u-ine, proper winter this year.  None of this trying-to-make-a snowman-in-1/2-an-inch-of-snow like in years past.  The people who are sick of winter weather are starting to turn on the people who … Continue reading

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Civil Religion Archives: Haitian History, Beyond Robertson and Limbaugh

It seems appropriate to share this today, the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Originally published January 19, 2010 Here’s an embarrassing little secret among American Christians with a connection to Haiti:  most of us have heard the … Continue reading

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