What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

“I’ve set myself a goal: I want to grow up before I retire. [….] Thankfully, I have a pretty good idea of what being ‘grown up’ means to me: being as much like Roland Bainton as possible.”


“‘I sometimes feel spasms of shame when my learned colleagues show off their learned tomes.’ [My students] were quiet for a moment. Then Kelsey said, ‘But Dr. Steele, we are your tomes.'”

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: My Soul in Stillness Waits

Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia. God-with-us, King, Dawn, Key, Root, Lord, Wisdom. These are the O Antiphons. Continuing our theme of asking who we are waiting for, each of these titles refers to Isaiah’s prophecies of the one to come. You’ll note the bolded letters above in the Latin titles, which spell out […]

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Annunciation

I checked out a book from the library a couple weeks ago, in anticipation of Advent. Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. It’s a great collection. One of my classmates, Jessica, showed it to me last year. But as I opened it when I returned home, a note fell out. It said, […]

Worship Wednesday – Worship and Imagination

“It is imagination which allows us to escape from the constraints of immediate reality and to regard it with a critical eye, that is, to transcend the actual and project ourselves into the possible.” – Richard Kearney, Poetics of Imagining In our Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry course, we’ve been reading Kenda Creasy Dean’s book, Almost […]