Currently reading: The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers by Hansen, David πŸ“š

It’s come to this.

One of the more interesting gifts occasioned by this day.

Currently reading: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Robinson, Kim Stanley πŸ“š

Our Eve of Christmas Eve fire at the church was significant.

Somehow I didn’t know about Malcolm Guite until yesterday.

This red-shouldered hawk let me get surprisingly close.

Two Carolina wrens live somewhere along the fence line in my backyard. I see them daily, and this brings me great joy.

Our Philip

This is a nice way of putting it:

Interpreters often need help, like the Ethiopian eunuch who answered Philip’s question, “Do you understand what you are reading?” by saying, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Tradition at its best is our Philip – the Spirit’s provision of community to aid us in our reading (Kevin Vanhoozer).

Leaves in a parking lot

Thanks to Alan Jacobs for this wisdom about sifting the words and testing the spirits.

another bluebird

I love this poem.

Eastern bluebirds in flight

Bald Eagle seen on a walk yesterday evening

[I]n sum, Dreher has produced a historically reductive, relationally tribal, intellectually superficial, and profoundly self-absorbed work that actually performs what it protests.

Greg Thompson, in an extraodinary review/repudiation

Man’s real work is to look at the things of the world and to love them for what they are. That is, after all, what God does, and man was not made in God’s image for nothing.

-Robert Farrar Capon

It was recently brought to my attention that an album I played drums on in college (rock band situation), is currently listed on Amazon at $902.81. Might not be worth it.

There were sights to behold on our walk around the city today.

A while back I gave up on Evernote and have since been using the native Notes app on Mac and iOS. Totally meets my needs.

Currently reading: Advent: The Once And Future Coming Of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge πŸ“š

Today I finished reading my 29th book of the year, which puts me well behind 2019 but well beyond 2018. Not that it matters. Just keep reading!

Happy Thanksgiving

I have taken in the light / that quickened eye and leaf. / May my brain be bright with praise / of what I eat, in the brief blaze / of motion and of thought. / May I be worthy of my meat.

-Wendell Berry, “Prayer after Eating”