Sattelite view of the Uffington White Horse via Wikimedia Commons

Bad Chess and Good Theology: G. K. Chesterton’s “Ballad of the White Horse”

Bad Chess and Good Theology: G. K. Chesterton’s “Ballad of the White Horse” By Doug Jackson “The Ballad of the White Horse,” G. K. Chesterton’s poetic account of the desperate last stand and ultimate victory of King Alfred of Wessex over the vikings, may not qualify as an epic, but it certainly does not qualify…

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Don’t Forget Us

For this waning shadow of 2015, I share these reflections from 2008… Over the past 18 years, Kevin and I have managed to accumulate a vast quantity of stuff (no other word will do). When we moved to our current house almost seven years ago, a good number of boxes just got moved into the attic…

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Two Tanka for our Times

This season (every year, but it seems particularly this year) invites meditation on paradox and interesting juxtapositions. The whole idea of the Great and Holy God of the Universe showing up as a human baby in a grungy old stable next to the sheep and cows… yeah, pretty paradoxical. Or for example, I noticed last…

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Of Dingbats and Hipsters

Of Dingbats and Hipsters By Doug Jackson As a child of the ‘70’s I grew up watching “All in the Family.” Episode 202, “The Saga of Cousin Oscar,” contains the following exchange between Archie and Edith: Archie, we’ve been through worse than this. When was that, Edith? Well, we’ve been through things just as bad.…

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For Paris

For Paris 11-14-15 The City of Light and Love lies bleeding, stands singing, in the deep of night. A quarter of a world away, we watch and weep and pray until, because we must, we sleep. The nightmare does not fade in the morning sun, but along the boulevard, men are planting trees. ***** Becka…