500 Years Later: For Whom the Bell Tolls

There’s always great sadness when a friend dies, but especially when their death is viewed as an injustice. Plato recorded these final words of Socrates as his condemned friend prepared to drink the hemlock. All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: October 28

I believe autumn has finally arrived in our neck of the woods, just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!  This week we offer you an eclectic mix of things we found interesting and helpful.  We hope they are for you as well.   What I learned in My Season of Depression by […]

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Carl Trueman and the Reformation: Part Eighteen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Seventeen ] In lecture 18, Dr. Trueman enters the difficult terrain of Luther and the Jews. First, he explains the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, beginning in the 12th century. During this part of the lecture, he comments on blood libel, the stories that claimed Jews kidnapped Christian babies and […]

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Rounded: Smooth, Curved, Complete, Balanced

Today’s post might be described as an aside, but sometimes that’s a good thing, especially when it involves photography. Wordpress hosts a photo challenge each Wednesday, focusing on varied themes. Today the theme word is “Rounded.” I hope you enjoy my selections, all of which were taken in the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina. […]

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Now and Then

It’s the same routine every October—the phone calls, the procrastination, the dithering. Then my better self shows up and submits to the long wait in a cramped closet space called a “Lab Waiting Room,” the assault of germs from other better selfs who expel coughs and sneezes in my direction, and the final insult, a […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: October 21

We enjoyed listening to David and Shona Murray share their experiences with depression and burnout, which you can also listen to below.  Also, Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s Catechism for children while standing outside Luther’s home in Germany. David and Shona Murray: Two Broken People, One Great Physician Dr. Murray is a pastor as well as […]

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Light Painting

There’s an interesting technique in night photography called light painting. You secure your camera on a tripod, set the aperture at about f11, and then set the speed for 10-20 seconds. Since vehicles are always on the move, city streets provide the perfect venue. Movement is the key to light painting. Whatever moves disappears from […]

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Lend Me Your Ear

In the dark tragedy Othello, an ensign named Iago—one of Shakespeare’s worst villains— hatches a plot against his commander Othello, who Iago believes has overlooked his skill and promoted a man less worthy. Sadly, Othello listens to Iago’s innuendos and deceptions regarding his (Othello’s) new young wife, Desdemona, allowing them to play on his mind […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: October 14

Here is a sprinkling of items we think you will find interesting and helpful, from Harvey Weinstein to gender dysphoria.   What the Church Can Learn from Weinsteingate There are lots of lessons for the church to be mined from the Harvey Weinstein scandal. David Murray sheds light on a few important ones for us. […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Seventeen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Sixteen ] In lecture 17, Dr. Trueman continues his lecture on Ulrich Zwingli. The Reformation leaders met for debate at Marburg Castle in 1529 because Philip of Hesse desired to unite the Protestant states in a political alliance. The Reformers were able to agree on 14 out of 15 items, […]

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