simply, Christian


In the midst of Advent with Christmas quickly approaching, my thoughts (even in poetry) are turning to the Nativity. Perhaps one of the best poetic descriptions of the blessed event, in the English language anyway, came from the pen of John Donne. He was not only a great English poet but also an Anglican priest who wrote his Holy Sonnets in . . .

Read More

December 15, 2007

Amusement (11 Dec)

No need to look at our high school achievement scores to know we're a nation of world-class idiots (or top notch lawyers)...tonight as I'm putting butter into the fridge, I turned over the package to marvel at the fact that, "Wow, it really is one hundred percent fat."  At that point a warning label catches my . . .

Read More

December 11, 2007

An Advent Prayer, Week 2

Blessed Lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to bee written for our learnyng; graunte us that we maye in suche wise heare them, read, marke, learne, and inwardly digeste them; that by pacience, and coumfort of thy holy woorde, we may embrace, and ever holde fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast geven us in our . . .

Read More

December 09, 2007

Christian Life and Culture

Over at Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Stephen has posted some thoughts on the Christian life and its influence on culture. I especially enjoyed his comments on death and life. He writes:

One of the delightful qualities of life is that it only has to be lived, not invented. Thus we do not need to worry about how we are to . . .

Read More

December 06, 2007

CoD Part 6, Revenge

After the initial scene-setting, 'big picture' discussions on grace and discipleship in the first five chapters, Cost of Discipleship to exposit the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). I shall not endeavor to take the time to look at each of Bonhoeffer's chapters, but there are a few select topics about which I feel compelled to write. . . .

Read More

December 05, 2007

Finally...some good press

Since coming to NASA at the start of 2007, I've lamented the fact that there is (at least) one thing that NASA does horribly--public relations.  The agency doesn't handle bad news well...two words, Lisa Nowak...but perhaps more regrettably falls far short of inspiring current and future generations to 'buy in' to the . . .

Read More

December 04, 2007

Six continents...WOW!

Someway, somehow, by some twist of the internet at least one person on six continents (Antarctica excluded) has read at least one post on this blog...WOW!!!  Someone in Brazil clinched the South America vote this morning--Guadalupe may have clinched South America last week, but I wasn't sure whether they considered themselves . . .

Read More

December 04, 2007