Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Whimsical Christian: Earl Palmer Discusses Dorothy Sayers

Earl Palmer is pastor-in-residence at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC.  He regularly presents talks on favorite authors in conjunction with “The Kindling’s Muse” podcast by Dick Staub.  Previously discussed works and authors include Mark Twain, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Anne … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

But for the rain, our worship would have begun outdoors by the courthouse, half a block from the church. As it was, we started the service in the fellowship hall, everyone carrying palm branches and singing as we processed from … Continue reading

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Spring Break

Husband had a wonderful spring break–he spent three days sitting at the feet of one of the premier pipe makers in the country, learning new techniques and skills which he’s very anxious to put into practice. Every day I got … Continue reading

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Pastoral Wisdom On the Schatz Story and the Pearl Story

I am thankful for pastors who have stepped up with pastoral care and wisdom for those affected by these disturbing stories.  Two of these are Matt Raley, who pastors an EV Free church in a community near the Schatz family’s … Continue reading

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Transcription of half of Rowan Williams’ talk on Gospel of John

I discovered someone else on the web who was impressed with the Archbishop’s talk on the Gospel of John, and that person linked to a transcript of the first part of the talk. So if you prefer reading or skimming, … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on the Gospel of John…and many other things

This is such a beautiful talk…long, but fascinating and beautiful.  The question and answer period at the end brings further delights. Great scholars are great gifts to the church.  Enjoy.  Archbishop Rowan Williams – The Gospel of John

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Updates on the Lydia Schatz story

This was a background article written after the 2006 death of an adopted 4 year old boy whose mother turned to the parenting material of Debi and Michael Pearl for inspiration. Parenting Guru is revered, reviled Two updates for those … Continue reading

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Something Lighter

Here’s a little humor from a bygone era, Willie Hall and his violin…and bicycle tire pump.

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A Succinct Review of To Train Up a Child by Michael & Debi Pearl

Because I can’t get past page 2 of To Train Up a Child without being incredibly disturbed by the premises and recommendations combined with the author’s tone, I’ll leave it to Glenn Chatfield to provide my readers with a critique … Continue reading

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When Parenting Kills: A Teachable Moment

Barbara Curtis, at the widely read blog Mommy Life, hits it out of the park with this post:  Growing Outrage At Michael Pearl and His Response to a Child’s Death Michael Pearl expresses no remorse for teaching his followers to … Continue reading

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Michael Pearl Responds

I have posted about the beating death of the little Liberian girl Lydia Schatz at the hands of her adoptive parents, and the beating-unto-intensive care of her Liberian older sister Zariah.  [Chico Enterprise-Record Feb 10: Paradise Parents Face Murder, Torture … Continue reading

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