Archive for December, 2008

Church Hopping: St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham

Location: Nottingham, EnglandWebsite: http://www.stmarysnottingham.orgArchitect: VariousBuilt: Circa 1377–1509 with ongoing restorations and additions History: A church has most likely stood at this location since Saxon times, and in fact the church is mentioned in the Doomesday Book, a survey of...
December 29th, 2008 | Church Hopping | Read More

The Anti-Ombudsman: There’s No -Ism Like Syncretism

Hello Darlings! I simply adore syncretism. Through it, Christianity has reached its highest heights and absconded from its lowest lows. If not for the Roman Empire and Hellenistic thought, Christianity would have remained mired in a Palestinian mud-hole, little more than a hippie commune floating in...
December 29th, 2008 | The Anti-Ombudsman | Read More

Create Life

I am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. I have recently acquired a taste for reading about the movers and shakers of the world in the light of justice and sacrifice. I want to study MLK Jr., Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mother Theresa. Their stories stir my soul,...
December 29th, 2008 | Social Justice | Read More

Mediations: Christmas Misfits

Kyle led me down the chunky cinder block halls of the cottage to his bedroom. Kyle pointed to the collection of toys that he’d arranged on his blocky wooden desk. A camouflaged soldier and Teen-aged Ninja Mutant Turtle occupied the left side of the desk. Batman and two primary colored Power Rangers...
December 24th, 2008 | Meditations | Read More

Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional: An Interview with Catheryn J. Brockett

If dysfunctional is just a modern way to describe the effects of sin, then we all grew up in dysfunctional families. Chances are you didn’t realize it as a child – Mom just liked to cry, Dad was just a loner, and you were just the Fun Sibling who kept everyone in stitches. But then you got...
December 23rd, 2008 | Books | Read More

Great Christian Music: Best of 2008

Of course, since it’s the end of the year, everyone has to pipe in with their favorite albums of the year. While I was a bit critical of their list at the day job, you have to give Patrol Magazine some credit for trying to break down the ridiculous wall between the music of mainstream Christian...
December 22nd, 2008 | Great Christian Music | Read More

The Slave Is My Brother

It was mid-December and I was in a Land Rover on a bumpy, Ugandan road near the border of Sudan. My companions were my sister Autumn, friend Abby and two Ugandan friends who had become like sisters to us: Atito and Palma. We had traveled north from our home in Gulu to visit Atito and Palma’s childhood...
December 22nd, 2008 | Social Justice | Read More

Blitzen Trapper – Live at Chop Suey

My buddy Kyle and I were the first people to enter the too-small bar on the top of Capitol Hill, escaping the dry, cold Seattle night. A large man with tattoos checked our IDs and we stood by the bar along with other folks who wore long-sleeve shirts and were looking for a new kind of country music. Like...
December 22nd, 2008 | Music | Read More

Part of the Solution: Why My Husband Hunts

It’s deer season here in Indiana. In fact, it’s muzzle loader season. And November was gun season, which was preceded by Fall gun turkey season. Due to my husband’s love for, um, this stuff, I know more about guns and hunting than I ever cared to, and our girls are learning even more. Our oldest...
December 22nd, 2008 | Part of the Solution | Read More

Weezer – Christmas With Weezer

Where is VH1′s Behind the Music when you need it? I would give anything for an insider’s look at how the new Christmas with Weezer album came into being. I purchased the album on a whim based on the fact that my Christmas playlists have gaping holes when it comes to alt/rock/pop variations...
December 22nd, 2008 | Music | Read More