Monthly Archives: March 2012


So one of the things that’s never foremost in my mind, but never far from it is the issue of tattooing. Tattoos and the Bible is a funny issue to deal with. People take a variety of hermeneutical routes and … Continue reading

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Just caught word that Earl Scruggs has passed away, aged 88. The legendary bluegrass musicician’s most well known accomplishment is the theme for the Beverly Hillbillies, recorded with Lester Flatt (“The Ballad of Jed Clampett”). When it comes to Banjo … Continue reading

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Footsteps of the Apostles

While I was waiting for a prescription to be filled, my eye caught the cover of the March issue of National Geographic, with the cover story, “In the Footsteps of the Apostles“, which looks at the first century spread of … Continue reading

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A Pastor’s Take on Pastoral Ministry

Milddletown Springs Vermont pastor Jared Wilson (@jaredcwilson) tweeted earlier today: “‘There every time you need him’ is not your pastor’s job description; it’s your Lord’s.” This sparked some great comments and deep thinking from a few folks, and I want … Continue reading

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Enlightener of Ireland

Troparion – Tone 3 Holy Bishop Patrick, Faithful shepherd of Christ’s royal flock, You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel: The mighty strength of the Trinity! Now that you stand before the Savior, Pray that He may preserve … Continue reading

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*this is my contribution published in the Centre Street newsletter “The Visionary” Spring Edition (March-April 2012) A Portland based blogger, Aaron Smith ( asks, “What if we stopped being on mission and instead were in mission?” While the difference may … Continue reading

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Kony 2012?

I came across this video just this morning: (warning: it is half an hour long, but good to watch. If you don’t have that long, here’s the synopsis, Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] abduct … Continue reading

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#tbs1sam 1 Samuel 20

1 Samuel 20:16 says, “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David”. Wait, “the house of David”? At this point, we are not told of any descendants, and David is not king. Does Jonathan know about the anointing? … Continue reading

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Why Should the Baby Live?

Ever read something that is just so all around awful and disturbing and morally reprehensible that it makes you almost wish for the days of Noah? Well, this article from the Journal of Medical Ethics might be it. Here’s the … Continue reading

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