Category Archives: Brothers and Sisters

Book Write-Up: While We’re Far Apart, by Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin. While We’re Far Apart. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2010. See here to buy the book. While We’re Far Apart is set in World War II New England. Eddie Schaffer is about to go to war, and the shy Penny … Continue reading

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Spiritual Insights from Six Feet Under

I’ve been watching the first season of Six Feet Under.  I like it so far because of the stories, and also because I like Michael C. Hall (who later starred on Dexter), Rachel Griffiths (who later was on Brothers and … Continue reading

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It’s Not Censorship (Technically-Speaking), But It Still Stinks

This will be a rambling post. In a sense, I can identify with the companies that have pulled their sponsorship from Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.  These companies support such values as civility and respect for people, and they do not … Continue reading

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Inconsistent Abraham?

Today, I’ll write about a couple of items in Thomas Thompson’s Origin Tradition in Ancient Israel.  On pages 35 and 204-205, Thompson talks about the diversity of the character of Abraham in the Book of Genesis. On page 35, Thompson … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Desperate Housewives Episode

I really enjoyed tonight’s episode of Desperate Housewives, and I say this as a viewer who hasn’t cared much for this particular season.  The reason that I enjoyed it so much was that it was a spiritual episode—about repentance, forgiveness, … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day and Justin’s “Cool” Life

Happy Veterans’ Day!  It gets to the point where I don’t know what to say about the holidays that come around each year.  But, come to think of it, I did watch a show about veterans’ issues last night: I … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied Ecclesiastes 4.  It reminded me of a variety of things.  Its statement that it’s better to have a little with rest than a lot with turmoil called to my mind last … Continue reading

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Losing Their Edge?

I had a hard time feeling inspired by Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters just now.  I taped them so that I can watch them again this week and see if I feel inspired after a second viewing.  Otherwise, I’ll … Continue reading

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Still Tithing?; P and Ezekiel; No Pre-Exilic Messianism; Second Coming; New Seasons Tonight

1.  I read more of Jacob Neusner’s Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah.  On page 82, Neusner states, “The basic notion at this time between the wars was that priestly gifts remain required, even though the priesthood has momentarily lost … Continue reading

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Authentic; Fearless; Not Fully Alone; Patriotism; Memes; Tithes; Julia in My Mind

1. Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, page 208: Another word of warning.  I know from experience that some men…will try to use the same psychology mechanically.  They will try to boost the other man’s ego, not … Continue reading

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