Saints for a Time of Pandemic

We’re all trying to stay safe – and keep each other safe – by wearing masks these days. I decided to call upon some higher powers for an extra layer of protection. St. Cuthbert’s (a”virtual chapel” put together by some seminary friends) had made a litany of saints for a time of pandemic. So I called upon these saints for my mask design. With a couple extra Jesuses and Marys

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Seeding the Nations: Babel as an Etiology of Human Flourishing

[This is my term paper for the first semester of “Old Testament Interpretation”. At the bottom is a link to a pdf with proper footnotes, but here is just the text with the references listed. I like to think of it as a cross between academic writing and a sermon, hopefully not compromising the integrity of either of those disciplines.] ———— One of the most fascinating (but also most tyrannical)

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She was much perplexed

When the angel came to Mary he didn’t start off with the classic angelic “don’t be afraid!” That was Gabriel’s second line. His first line “greetings, favored one!” was so confusing Mary had to stop and think about it. “She was much perplexed.” The angel was announcing to Mary that she had been chosen to bear the son of God into the world. Another confusing prospect for someone who has

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The Church Year

Next Sunday I’ll be teaching a lesson on the liturgical calendar! One of my favorite topics! I love how the different calendars of our lives cycle through each other, anticipating and following, not quite lining up. Making us think about why and when we are doing things. I’m excited to induct a new generation into the Advent: blue or purple (or violet??) debate. I love the symbolism and the story

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12 Days of Christmas (the song)

Now that it’s the official traditional twelve days of Christmas, let’s take a look at the song. “The 12 Days of Christmas” is an English folk song. There is a similar song in French too. Like most folklore, the origins and “original” version are murky. But there are some interesting things we can look into. For one thing, why is the true love giving so many birds? Partridges, turtle doves,

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Cloth Poster Review

I tried out a cloth poster for the first time at NELS so I wouldn’t have to deal with a poster tube on the flight. It went great! I used the custom fabric printing company Spoonflower. I printed my poster on one yard of their “performance knit” fabric at 300dpi. The printing was crisp and did not fade or stain, even though they dropped my bag in a puddle at

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