Nothing like fresh pumpkin seeds on a chilly fall day.

Ten Influential Books for Me

The below — in the order they were added to Goodreads — are books that have been influential to my worldview and theology. Lacking are Augsustine, Aquinas, Cranmer, Luther, Schmeeman, Schillibeeckx, etc. who I have up to now been read only in excerpts. Full primary works will be read when I finally graduate in May.

  • The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Howthorne)
  • And Then There Were None (Agatha Christi)
  • Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not (Scot McKnight)
  • Sherlock Holmes Series (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Harry Potter Series (JK Rowling)
  • Inhabiting the Cruciform God (Michael J. Gorman)
  • The Deep Things of God (Fred Sanders)
  • Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ (JMR Tillard)
  • Jesus, Humanity, and the Trinity (Kathryn Tanner)
  • The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)

I saw this in Green Hills on my way to a lunch meeting. So. Many. Questions.

A great sin of the congregationalist church is seeing the local church as a business franchise. Losing sight of the sacramental reality of Christ’s Body made real in the Church is the root of much evil.

There’s some deeply poor theology in calling baptism Sunday “Yes to Jesus Sunday.” Baptism is God’s gracious work, not our own.

“Christ was the word who spake it, he took the bread and brake it, and as the word did make it, So I receive, believe, and take it.” — HRH Queen Elizabeth I

Speaking of Schillebeeckx. I really need to get his Dutch-language works on my wishlist. Maybe my years of Dutch will gain me more than the ability to shop for exciting cheeses and beautiful tulips.

When you learn that Edward Schillebeeckx agreed with the direction your final project is going… 😍

This fence does a pretty good job at keeping my brothers inside, but it is far too small to stop my God.

On problem with my little Nespresso machine. The smaller cup size means I’ve already drunk it all by the time I get back to my desk.

Just got information about commencement in the mail!!!!! Praise God, I’m nearly there!

Unpopular, but true, opinion: Gentleman Jack is better than Johnnie Walker Black Label.

This and a giant stack of PDFs has resulted in nearly 30 pages of a final M.Div. project. Two more books arriving today. The end is in sight!

Set-up and ready to do some live user testing for Ministry Grid this afternoon. #buildwhatmatters

Thursday the State of Tennessee will order some humans to kill another human with poison. This should give us all cause for a pause of reflection. Should the government have authority to kill in retribution or punishment? Is this justice?

No matter what the sign says, these peaches will not taste like doughnuts!

Seriously Archbishops’ Commission on Intercommunion, you spelled it Intercommunion To-day?!? Why the hyphen? — Side note, VDS library search, DuckDuckGo, and Google all massively failed with the hyphen. Amazon of all places found the correct book.

This is precisely how I feel delving into this topic! Intercommunion in my context must be addressed, but I feel I’m on the verge of destruction of the charity that already exists. — Eucharistie im ökumenischen Kontext Gerhard Karl Schäfer

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Jail Sermon • “he has spoken to us by his son” LISTEN! “he left nothing outside his control” REMEMBER! “we do not yet see everything” LIVE! “he is not ashamed to call them brothers” BROTHERS!

Somewhere out there is a young adult or youth wanting to join a small parish and take over their social media. Lord, send me that person! 🙏