Month: February 2020

Work

The poet W. H. Auden once wrote about the interplay between art, science, and Christianity.  Near the beginning of his essay is this statement: “To a Christian, unfortunately, both art and science are secular activities, that is to say, small beer.”  He thus trivialized what we do the majority of our week.  However, later in the article he did redeem …

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When “Be Yourself” is Bad Advice

A few years back, I re-connected with a high school buddy who confessed that our decade-long estrangement was his decision. On one occasion, I made what I thought was a joke that deeply offended him. In another instance, I failed to speak up on his behalf. Both times I was acting in accordance with temperament – the desire to make …

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Public Reading of Scripture

Hello GRC! Last year we tried something new, unsure of whether it’d “succeed.”  We had rotations of GRCers come to the sanctuary hour after hour, to read from a big Bible in the pulpit, continuing until we finished.  We livestreamed the vast majority of that effort to share with one another and the world.  And… it… was… epic!  SOOO many …

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Goodbye For Now

Last week Betsy and I had to put down our dog, Scout (named after Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird). Scout was part of the family for 16 years. Scout was part beagle, bred to sniff out and chase rabbits. We didn’t have any rabbits, so she chased tennis balls instead. Chasing balls was Scout’s calling in life. …

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