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I'm a mid-30s engineer and software nerd from the Midwest. Married and father to three daughters, I lead worship occasionally at our EFCA church. While I won't ever be keeping up with some of our fellows on the fine points of Lutheran doctrine, I enjoy providing grist for the Tavern's conversation mill.

Jaredd was right

Read the book. More frustrated.

Better than Narnia

Andy, thanks. I’ll have to keep at it. We read the first book aloud with the family and I think there’s sufficient interest there to continue it, but probably not until we finish up Harry Potter. (Currently half-way through book 6!) At least they all provide opportunities to do fun voices. (My favorite part of […]


I’ve read the first two Wingfeather books and have the next two on my shelf ready to read. I’ve enjoyed them and yet I’m afraid I’m not giving Peterson the credit he deserves somehow. Yeah, they’re good. Are they “better than Narnia”, as one friend recently raved on Facebook? I’m not sure about that. But […]

Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb is indeed a feast. I’ve not read any LeGuin, should definitely address that. I recall Moby Dick boring me to tears. I want to go back and re-read A Wrinkle In Time again – it didn’t make a big impression the first time, but I may well have rushed […]

A year later, my girls are still listening to this soundtrack daily…

Let’s see if I can beat Matthew over here to post this. (Courtesy of @AJWTheology)

Yep, I forgot that one.

What about Charles Wesley and his Advent Hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”? You could add one more, right? Ah, that’s right. So call it three Advent hymns. I bet we only sing one of ‘em this December. But I’m in an apostate, liberal mainline, so just the fact that Jesus comes up is a […]

Random thoughts from last Sunday

In bullet point format, since I would’ve posted this on my own blog but it’s got some back-end problems and I’m about half-way to moving it to a different hosting provider… I’m really not ready for Christmas music yet in church. I’m getting liturgical in my advancing age, I guess, but I’m really ready to […]

The TL;DR Bible

OK, it’s probably a first quoting something from Reddit on the BHT, but this was pretty funny: GENESIS God: All right, you two, don’t do the one thing. Other than that, have fun. Adam & Eve: Okay. Satan: You should do the thing. Adam & Eve: Okay. God: What happened!? Adam & Eve: We did […]

5 areas to address to revitalize the church

Brian Croft writes on 5 areas that must be addressed to revitalize the local church. 1) Authority: Who is in Charge? 2) Leadership: Who do I Follow? 3) Membership: To Whom am I Accountable? 4) Unity: Who is my Brother? 5) Worship: Why do we Gather? Is it just me, or is (at a minimum) […]

One of these days I’m gonna have to start watching Parks & Rec, aren’t I?