Even before we knew we were going to have a baby, Emily and I had often discussed potential baby names. Did we want to go with something traditional? Perhaps a name already in our family? Or something new and hip? We chose not to learn the gender of our child, so we really had to … Continue reading Our Daughter’s Name and What it Means
52 Thursdays ago I planned to bake cookies for the students graduating or transferring. It is something I do every year to honor the members of Christian Student Fellowship who are moving on from Penn State Berks. I like to joke that it would not be appropriate to give them a literal "Hershey" kiss so … Continue reading Baking Cookies with Junia
John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic who lived in the 1500s. He worked with Teresa of Avila in reforming the communities of monks known as the Carmelites. One of his best known works, Dark Night of the Soul, is a commentary on a poem, of the same name, that he wrote. The poem … Continue reading Arrogant vs. Humble Spirituality: Listening to the Saints – St. John of the Cross
Having a baby causes you to rethink things you used to think were irrelevant. I imagine all parents find themselves being confronted with words and actions they always have done without a second thought which now seem questionable with a child in the house. Right now, I am thinking about the music we listen to. … Continue reading Babies, Music and a Dilemma
This semester our theme for Thursday nights is "God Questions?" We are looking at questions people on campus have about God, religion, the Bible and so on. Last night we discussed the Bible and slavery. Modern-day slavery, human trafficking, is an issue that more and more Christians are learning about and taking steps to end. … Continue reading Recent Reads
In May my wife is due to give birth to our first child. I am both excited and terrified to be a father. In the midst of all the doctor's appointments, searching for cribs and other necessities, and reading books about parenting I have been thinking about what to do with Santa Claus? Maybe this … Continue reading What Should I do with Santa Claus?