Tag Archives: theological reflection

That you may give it in due time to others: a brief meditation for congregational historians and others who care about the past and the future

In 1939 Frederick John Foakes Jackson* published A History of Church History: Studies of Some Historians of the Christian Church (W. Heffer & Sons Ltd: Cambridge).  His final book–he published it at age 84–it surveys in fourteen chapters just what its title suggests using biographical and bibliographical lenses. Foakes Jackson studied under Bishop John Lightfoot…

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The Blessing of Challenge

Recently my family returned from some travels that included a two-week stay with an intentional Christian community called the Bruderhof. We took this rather unusual vacation of sorts partly because we are a family of adventurers who like to go new places and have new experiences. We (especially I) grow bored with routine…

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The Devil’s in the Details: The End Doesn’t Justify the Means

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, two names that dominated baseball in the 1990s. One among the best pitchers of his generation, the other the all-time home run leader in baseball. For the fifth consecutive year they have both failed to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Their…

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From Itchy Dresses to Funeral Homes: Growing up with Easter

I have incredibly vivid memories of Easter from when I was a kid. My church didn’t observe Holy Week in the traditional or liturgical sense—it was all pretty much about Easter. Building up to Easter, I recall my mother busily tending to her many responsibilities. There was Easter service, of course, for which…

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Crazy

A while back, I started noticing the unfortunate pairing of the word crazy with the word mom. The comments were generally referring to situations where mothers exhibited extreme defensive behaviors on behalf of their children. The TV shows Dance Moms and Bringing Up Ballers come to mind. The commercials alone for these shows–let…

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