Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Here's a quick little poem-prayer I wrote back when I was in college:


May the peace of Christ be with you,
      In your comings and in your goings.
May the True Spirit direct the journeying of your heart,
      And may His loving care enfold you.
May the Living God be your shield on the day of battle,
      And may He defend you with His strong right arm.
Now and always, wherever you go.
Now, and always, wherever He leads you.

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