Archive for August, 2013

Noise is inarticulate sound. It expresses little or nothing. It does not mean.

I’m reminded of an elementary school memory. A music teacher, bent on helping us distinguish noise from music, asked us for examples of each. It was, at best, a naive errand, a tilting at windmills. We were, after all, nine years old and half of us were boys. (more…)


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Paul, anguished and ashamed about portions of his biography, is hardly timid about others.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Lest we take the familiar path of dismissing Paul as uncouth and reptilian, it’s a good thing to notice how closely he links his worthiness to Christ and the ‘traditions’ about Jesus that he stewards for the sake of the communities he loves. (more…)

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