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South Stars

Last weekend I attended my nephew’s high school graduation. He’s off to college, and understandably at his age, not sure what career he wants to pursue.  One thing he says he knows for sure, is that his career will not involve mathematics. At one point he was into the sciences, but just didn’t like or…

613 ‘Can I’s’

‘Can I, can I, can I….’ If you are a parent or spent any time around kids, you have been through this phase with your children.  It seems from our youngest days we are hardwired to seek and test the boundaries of what we can and can’t do; it’s how we learn and grow and…

Apprentices

We have a strong system of higher education in the United States, which also has significant problems in need of reform. The most obvious problem we all see about college is its price tag. ‘College is the opposite of kidnapping. They demand $100,000 from you or else they’ll send your kid back!’  College gets lots…

Hero Ball

Today is the feast of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.  Reading Elijah’s ups and downs in today’s assigned readings is like watching the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals; one quarter they look absolutely unbeatable and the next feels like if I suited up I could improve the team. Like the Celtics, Elijah has had…

Epic Fails

Second only to videos starring cats, the most popular genre of clips and videos these days is the ‘epic fail’. Go ahead, open youtube today after church and type in ‘epic fail.’  You’ll see dozens of videos, each with a million views, of a parent getting on their child’s kiddy toy, and destroying the toy…

The Ends of Easter

This Thursday, we celebrated an important feast in the world church calendar, Hambardzoom, the Ascension of Jesus. On this day, 40 days after Easter, we remember Jesus leaving his students and rising up to the heavens to be with God. Jesus’ ascension is written about by eyewitnesses in the Gospel of Luke and Acts and…

Now and Not Yet

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.—1 Jn. 3:2-4 Christ is Risen from the Dead…Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ! This Sunday is the last Sunday of Eastertide, the last Sunday we exchange our traditional Easter greeting.  “Christ is Risen,” as you may have noticed, is in…