How Will We Die?

by Mike Halpin — Cemeteries have been some of my favorite places. Many dates I took with my then future wife were in cemeteries. I didn’t know that was odd until Cathie shared her sister Barb’s quip before one of our dates, “What cemetery is he taking you to today?” I appreciate cemeteries for two... Continue Reading →

Pursuing Knowledge Together

by Lee Anderson, Jr. — Why are you reading this? If you are like most readers, you clicked on this entry because the topic interested you. You wanted to know more about the subject. In fact, with the exception of the reading we do purely for pleasure (typically of fictional works), essentially every occasion we... Continue Reading →

Cool Heads in Crisis

by Mike Halpin — Tom Clancy imagined history before it happened. This prodigious writer of fiction had a knack for sewing together elements of technology, animus between nation states, and the dark schemes of terrorists into seamless and compelling works of fiction. His 1994 book Debt of Honor laid out a Japanese plot to take... Continue Reading →

Two Are Better

by Mike Halpin — Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but... Continue Reading →

Beginning And End

Sometimes an image or a moment, a word spoken or a flash of understanding hits us such that we not only never forget it, but are left imprinted, changed. Such a moment hit me several years ago. In a former life as a home inspector I looked over residential properties to determine their condition and... Continue Reading →

Lest We Forget

Rudyard Kipling wrote Recessional for Queen Victoria’s 60-year Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Her life and reign were winding down, she would die in 1901, and though the British Empire was at its zenith, it too would soon descend from its lofty heights to earth. After World War II the British Empire would become a less fearsome... Continue Reading →

Batter My Heart

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town to another due, Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end; Reason,... Continue Reading →

There Must Be Factions

In talking about attending a Roman Catholic wedding Protestant friends asked rather enthusiastically about taking communion during the wedding service. They thought it would communicate a sense of unity and support with the bride and groom and their families. They thought it would show their ecclesiastical egalitarianism, Protestants big enough and confident enough to cross... Continue Reading →

Christian Hope

Fear & Trumpst Against all the nay saying Donald Trump is a politician who has actually followed up on many/most of his campaign pledges. From policies aimed at maintaining or returning jobs to the United States and leveling the international trade playing field, to First Amendment freedoms to the selection of Supreme Court nominations, the... Continue Reading →

Sunday Morning

There is so much going on Sunday mornings when the Church family gathers together, and yet so little preparation for that concentrated time, that I found the following blog article by Jordan Standridge of the Cripplegate worth sending along. Hope you enjoy and benefit from it as I did. Mike "Sunday Morning starts Saturday Night", The... Continue Reading →

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