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Advent Family Prayer

For the last several years, I’ve been trying to find a short and simple Advent liturgy to do each night around the advent-wreath. The family form of Evening Prayer from the 2019 Prayer Book is good, but it is still a little long for my very young children and still requires me to find short readings for each night. I wanted a resource that was short and simple for my young family, but still retained the character of the daily offices. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 24, 2019, Words: ~400, Reading Time: 2 min

Use Localtime in Debian Slim

Sometimes you need to run cron or other applications in your Debian container that rely on the system running in localtime. In Debian 9, switching to localtime wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. With Debian 10, however, you can switch your container to another timezone with just a few commands. First you need to install tzdata. RUN apt-get install tzdata -y Then you need to make a link between the timezone you want to move to in /usr/share/zoneinfo and /etc/localtime. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Nov 22, 2019, Words: ~200, Reading Time: 1 min

Migrate from Bash to Z Shell (On macOS)

In macOS Catalina, Apple is switching the default shell to Z Shell from Bash. Even if you haven’t upgraded to Catalina yet, getting used to Zsh is a good idea and pretty simple to do. 1. Install Latest Z Shell First, install the latest verison of Z Shell from Hombrew. Since you’re going down the path of learning an alternate shell, you might as well keep on the newest version instead of just taking whatever Apple gives you. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 10, 2019, Words: ~600, Reading Time: 3 min

Allerheiligen: Geeignet mit Christi

Heute feiern wir das Fest, Allerheiligen. Heute pausen wir und nachdenken über unsere christlichen Voreltern; Muttern, Vätern, Omas, Opas, Brüdern, Schwestern, Freunde, usw. „Niemand ist eine Insel,“ sagte der Englischer Priester Pater John Donne. Keiner von uns ist selbstgemacht. Die Gemeinden unsere Erziehung haben uns stark beeinflusst. Heute, aber, reden wir nicht nur über die Vergangenheit. Wir reden um die Jetzt. Was für Leute sind wir? Was für eine Gemeinde bewohnen wir? Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 3, 2019, Words: ~700, Reading Time: 4 min

God Calls Me

I am called to preach the Gospel and faithfully administer the sacraments under the apostolic authority of a bishop of Christ’s Holy Church because God saved a Mormon boy from the pits of despair and freed him from the chains of the law. This God, in securely calling me his own, redirected my heart to serve his one, holy, Catholic Church and to share the truly Good News of unmerited free grace to others lost in darkness. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Sep 10, 2019, Words: ~600, Reading Time: 3 min

The Common Life of God's Friends — Luke 14:1; 7-14

Audio This week’s Gospel lesson finds us at a fancy Sunday dinner party with Jesus. In the verses omitted from our reading, Jesus meets a sick man on his way to dinner. In an interaction all too common in Jesus' ministry, Jesus heals the man only to find himself again debating whether that was an appropriate thing to do on the sabbath or not. Sitting down at dinner, the drama of healing a man on the sabbath is fresh on Jesus' mind. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Sep 1, 2019, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

Instantpot Hardboiled Eggs

  1. Place eggs on steam rack.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the pot.
  3. Set Instantpot to cook on high pressure for five minutes.
  4. Allow Instantpot to naturally decompress for five minutes.
  5. Immediately place eggs in cool water to stop cooking.
  6. Peel eggs and enjoy.
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Posted: Sun, Jun 2, 2019, Words: ~100, Reading Time: 1 min

Metaphysical Table of Communion with God and the Saints

The Book of Revelation — or more traditionally the Apocalypse of St. John (better highlighting the genre of apocalypse Fr. Justin spoke about last week) — is a brilliant book to be reading during the season of Easter. Moderns tend to read St. John’s Apocalypse primarily as a prophecy about the “end times.” They aren’t wrong, but to read Revelation and leave with only an urgency to be ready for Christ’s return is to miss the point. Read more...

Posted: Sun, May 19, 2019, Words: ~1600, Reading Time: 8 min

Logs in the River of Discourse

A feminist tried to fail me out of divinity school. The last two weeks of divinity school turned out much differently than I expected. For my last semester I was required to take a course to fulfill a credit in the topic of gender and sexuality. There was only one course that fulfilled that requirement that would fit into my schedule with another required course, ethics. I spent my last semester as one of two men in a course exploring the intersections of theology and psychology for women. Read more...

Posted: Tue, May 14, 2019, Words: ~4500, Reading Time: 21 min

Easter Peace be With You

Readings for Easter II, Year C Sermon Audio Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” There are many sermons that could be preached from today’s readings. St. John’s account of Jesus' appearance to the disciples and his interactions with Thomas gives us pause to reflect on the many times and ways our faith in Christ has fallen short. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Apr 28, 2019, Words: ~1800, Reading Time: 9 min

Stone: Downfall of the Wicked (Luke 20:9-19)

Luke 20:9-19 — Sermon Audio Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Days after cleansing the temple, the “chief priests and the scribes with the elders” approach Jesus to question him. In the last several days, especially, Jesus has made a direct and very public critique of how the temple is run. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Apr 7, 2019, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

God's Time: Lewis Bell's Funeral

Unexpected death is difficult to process. This time last week, Lewis was responding to a picture of my daughter’s birthday with an animated gif of Cinderella. Now, I stand here. I know I am not alone in this room. We share in the suddenness of it all. In the grand scheme of the world nothing has changed. And yet, in our little corner of things much has changed. For Charlotte, Vickie, Bettie and those closest to Lewis, everything has changed. Read more...

Posted: Sat, Mar 23, 2019, Words: ~1000, Reading Time: 5 min

The Magic Variable 'count'

So, I happened to be looking back through some old files and I found an early programming assignment from my first computer science course back in college. In the middle of the code I found this wonderful line: while (cownt<years) { cout<<cownt+1; //"cownt" = "count", but when I entered it spelt correctly it gave me errors.// As it turns out early on in the code I declared int cownt=0;. I either couldn’t find this typo in debugging my mere 61 lines of code or — what I think was actually going on — I thought count was a reserved magical variable that made loops work — not something I had to declare. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Feb 20, 2019, Words: ~200, Reading Time: 1 min

XML::Compile with an Extension Namespace

Starting this May, mortgage folk are going to be required to send Freddie and Fannie data including additional data points in ULDD phase 3 extension. At face value, adding these additional data points shouldn’t be a big deal at all. However, the legacy code I’m maintaining used XML::Compile to generate code. For various and sondry reasons — which I will not go into here — XML::Compile in the code I’m maintaining was in a place where it was extremely difficult to add XML elements that weren’t included in the original base Mismo 3. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Feb 19, 2019, Words: ~400, Reading Time: 2 min

Jesus Revealing Himself in our Midst

Sermon Audio “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.” The season of Epiphany has been all about God revealing himself to his people. In Advent we await the coming King. At Christmastide we stand awestruck as God enters our filth. In Epiphany we see the perfect revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Feb 10, 2019, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min