Unlikely as the start of this post will make it seem… Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t seen the last episode of the second series of Sherlock It’s been observed by many Christian preachers and writers that most of our life is akin to Holy Saturday, that oft-neglected time separating Good Friday and Easter Sunday. For … More “Just One More Miracle…”
If you’re like me, you emerged from the Christmas special that served as the final episode of the third series of Downton Abbey with two questions: 1. What kind of a tacked-on, half-baked ending was THAT?!?! I’ll never watch again! (aloud) 2. When does the next series start? (unspoken) Answers: 1. It’s Christmas show tradition, says … More Life after Downton: A Survival Guide
Here • My post on the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 became my first to be featured by WordPress on its “Freshly Pressed” page! • Academic historians just need to stop whining about “popular” historians. Now. • The second part of my series on the commemoration of World War I in Minnesota … More That Was The Week That Was
Here • What, you say you’d like some advice on how to use a State Department document in your prayer life? Sure, no problem. • Diana Butler Bass calls it “Christianity after religion”; Jay Phelan says it’s actually “neo-Pietism.” Me? Well… • I strove to follow the injunction of Psalm 34:14 (per this translation) with … More That Was The Week That Was
Here • How technological innovation spread over the course of the twentieth century. I still can’t believe a majority of Americans before the mid-1990s didn’t own a dishwasher! • RIP John Keegan. • More Albums A to Z: Elvis Costello’s King of America. • Did you ever think that Mrs. Doubtfire looked a little bit … More That Was The Week That Was
A pretty heavy blogging week here at The Pietist Schoolman, partly because it was my first real week off for the summer and partly because I know my writing output will drop next week while my family travels to Virginia for a vacation. Here • My summer reading list is heavy on World War I, … More That Was The Week That Was
This is a couple weeks old now, but in case, like me, you don’t happen read the L.A. Review of Books religiously but, like me, do happen to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes — and especially if, like me, your favorite pre-J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies are The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered … More Nicholas Meyer on Sherlock Holmes
Seeing as how I spent part of my Monday post tearing into a Washington Post op-ed piece that vilified small college faculties for the few hours they put into their job, then followed it on Tuesday by spotlighting a couple of articles about the value of the liberal arts, today I’d like to praise another … More The U of M
It’s Spring Break here at Bethel University, so I’m going to take a break from blogging the rest of the week in order to focus on some other projects. In the meantime, I’ll reprise some posts I especially enjoyed writing: one each from December 2011, January 2012, and February 2012. First up, my enthusiastic response … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: Sherlock!
Earlier this month I took a break from blogging about history, teaching, and theology in order to share my love of Sherlock Holmes — most recently as the character was embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch in a BBC show that will have its second series of episodes premiere Stateside next year. Until that premiere, I’ve tried … More More Sherlock!