My visit to MSNBC’s “Hardball”

Last week my mom invited me invited me to a taping of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” which was being staged at Villanova University (where she works). I figured it would be an interesting experience, John McCain was scheduled to be the guest, and it was actually the first time my immediate family has been together…

Problems problems, do you see the problems?

Over Easter season the readings in the Lectionary all focus on the nature of the Christian life with reference to the resurrection as the fulfillment of God’s promises to his people.  As a rule, these passages are a blast to preach.  After all, if you can’t successfully preach the resurrection as being the very heart-beat…

Different strokes for different folks

I’ve never been part of a congregation that had a functioning prayer chain.  Usually this was because the “phone tree” was hopelessly out of date, and even the numbers that were correct tended to direct prayer requests to /dev/null.  In all these congregations the proposed “solution” to the problem of the non-functioning prayer chain was…

Religious Brand Loyalty

When I was growing up religion was of minor importance to my family – both nuclear and extended.  While it was recognized that being “politely religious” was something that good people were, it was also true to say that being “politely religious” meant you show up to worship once and a while and expect people…

Theophiles is a go..

For the last several years I’ve been a regular participant on a site called Christdot (X. for sort).  I even rose to the rank of admin, and permanent poll option!  While the journey was fun for the most part, and while I’ve formed some great friendships through the site, today that chapter of my life…

Oh the neighbors!

Today, our neighbors got together for a gathering we’ve been trying to make more and more “regular.”  We had 11 adults, 3 school-age kids, 1 toddler, and 2 babies running through our house today – and I loved just about every minute of it.  This is unusual for me because after a couple of hours…