Peter Keyel on the Usefulness of Superhero Movies

Colleagues, I learned early this morning that a pathophobic phillumenist is a matchbook collector who is scared to death of getting sick. While I can’t suppose the rest of you were aching to know this too, still, there it is. The source of this revelation was the daily note I get from Anu Garg’s team at wordsmith.org. I’ve …

The Use of Romans 13

Colleagues, I have opined a few times, most recently three weeks ago, that I find ungodliness ensconced in the Oval Office these days. On each occasion I’ve gotten a rebuking counter-response from one or more readers. Hence this bit of essential introduction: Our vocation as citizens with opinions to vent and votes to cast entails a peril that …

Two Takes on God’s Unfolding Apocalypse, American Style

Colleagues, A week ago yesterday I trotted a class through the Book of Revelation in an hour and a half. I felt like an insect must when it tries to comprehend a ten-acre pond by touching down on the surface in a few places here and there. May it be that the folks in attendance went their way …

More Easter Bits and Pieces from John 20

Colleagues, We’re not quite two weeks into the 2018 Easter season, and again I’m noticing a phenomenon that impresses me more and more as I speed toward retirement in a few years. There is no such thing as milking an Easter text dry. No matter how often a preacher picks it up to shake and squeeze for something …

Anticipating Easter. A Rerun.

Colleagues, I get together every three weeks or so with a group of pastors, some active, some retired, to explore the texts for forthcoming Sundays. We’re due to meet next Monday to get a jump on Easter. I volunteered to tackle the Easter Festival texts. Earlier today I rummaged through my files and unearthed some work I did …