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Facing The Lions

You were an old man when you were taken up in a raid near Smyrna and burned at the stake, when there was a threat, I suppose, that like Ignatious before you you would be facing the lions.  And you … Continue reading

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Der Untergang (After W.G. Sebald)

i. “You ask me why I chose exile over death?  That is an easy question to answer.  After all, a live chicken is better than a dead lion.  Germany will be ruined by Hitler, there is no doubt about it.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: All My Friends Are Still Dead

All My Friends Are Still Dead, by Avery Monsen & Jory John Having read a book by the authors before, I had a good idea of what to expect in this volume and found the book to continue where the … Continue reading

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Book Review: All My Friends Are Dead

All My Friends Are Dead, by Avery Monsen & Jory John This is a book that has a touching but somewhat unsettling combination of poignancy and humor, which is all the more intriguing given the book’s subject matter.  As is … Continue reading

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Martyrdom In Ignatius Of Antioch’s Epistle To The Romans

In our previous discussion of the Ignatius of Antioch’s Epistle to the Romans [1], we briefly noted that this letter standards apart from the other six letters from the author on two grounds.  For one, this letter is the only … Continue reading

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Ignatius Of Antioch: The Concerns Of A Dying Man

In the short series of letters by Ignatius Of Antioch we have a striking and unusual picture of the concerns of a man who knew he was going to his death.  Although we will examine the Epistle to the Romans … Continue reading

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The Martyrdom Of Polycarp As Genre Template

Given the importance of martyrdom to Christianity of all kinds, it is perhaps unsurprising that one of the earliest works of the Apostolic Fathers was a martyrdom narrative, specifically the martyrdom of Polycarp [1].  It is perhaps surprising that it … Continue reading

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Remez: Knowing The Text So We Can Play

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on April 7, 2018.] On July 14, 2012, Mr. Scott Ashley gave the first of at least three sermons that … Continue reading

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Book Review: W;t

W;t:  A Play, by Margaret Edson This particular play won the Pulitzer Prize, and though I seldom read much in terms of contemporary drama [1], it is pretty easy to see why this play won that prize despite being (somehow) … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood River

Blood River:  A Journey To Africa’s Broken Heart, by Tim Butcher While in general reading books about the Congo or its neighbors is pretty depressing business [1], this book manages to combine that obviously depressing reading with some searching questions.  … Continue reading

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