May 2006 Archives

Puritan library In Grand Rapids

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Posted by Derek ThomasI spent the last day in Grand Rapids, at Joel Beeke's seminary--The Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary--buried in their fascinating puritan library. It is one of the finest in the country, I should imagine. What with Calvin Seminary... continue

Aesthetics, Alcatraz and Jerry Lee Lewis

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Recently, I had occasion to fly to Korea via San Francisco. Flying across the US on a clear day is one of those rare pleasures which really allows you to get the geographical measure of the place: how flat... continue

Baseball Blues and Recreation

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The Braves are playing poorly. Not that I'd notice too much. You see, it's my wife's love--baseball that is, not mine. And she has lost something of her joie de vivre. I try to console, but when those guys... continue

Grace Psalm

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Nearly a decade ago now, Lisa and I went to visit an art exhibit at a private gallery on Manhattan. I had recently become acquainted with the Japanese-American artist Makoto Fujimura, and I wanted to see his work for myself.... continue

Charity and Its Fruits

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Posted by Derek Thomas"Cal M..." is partly right, of course. I for one do have emotional ties with dear friends in the C of S. As I do of friends in the PCUSA (a colleague with whom I work on... continue

The Secret of My (Deferred) Success

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"To invert a famous quip of Gore Vidal, in theology, it is not enough for heretics to fail; the church must succeed." Last summer, I was fortunate enough to spend some weeks working at a church in Scotland, just outside... continue

Surviving the Desert

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"The most significant lesson that desert dwellers can learn . . . is to regard themselves not as exiles from some better place, but as people at home in an environment to which life can be adjusted." When I was... continue
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