My New Blog

2011 April 29
Polish the Brass
Polish the Brass – http//

My new blog, Polish the Brass, is open, over at


The Night Shift by Leitharts

2010 April 11

I like quirky stat numbers

2010 March 13

good and pleasant

And after that post on Psalm 132.

As if on cue…my stats are at 133.1

“Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.”

That is one of my favorite of all Psalms.

Satire Video: On the Psalms

2010 March 6

Filed in:

Calm Down! (I’m Kidding.)

Seymour Deeds brings you bad bible readings through decontextualized fragments expounded in whatever way he wishes.

CPAC Straw Poll President 2012

2010 February 20

I received this email:


POLITICO Breaking News:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul has won the CPAC presidential preference straw poll, capturing 31 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had won the conference’s contest the last three years, took 22 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took 7 percent and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawkenty 6 percent of the 2,395 ballots cast.


Their front page article on the  topic says:

As the results were displayed on twin large screens in the ballroom – and even before Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio could announce who won – a cascade of boos came down from a crowd that views Paul and his fervent supporters as an irritant. Paul’s backers responded with cheers, though, when their candidate was then proclaimed by Fabrizio as the winner.

CPAC organizers were plainly embarrassed by the results, which could reduce the perceived impact of a contest that was once thought to offer a window into which White House hopefuls were favored by movement conservatives.


Is it possible that the if the CPAC took a poll of CPAC participants, then the results tell us what CPAC participants think?  Did the organizers have no idea?

Zacchaeus is Rahab: Repentance in Jericho

2010 February 8

Filed in:

The Bible is a Book of Tales (Narrative Theology)

Zacchaeus is Rahab.

I just noticed this a minute ago.

First remember, or note, that Rahab’s story is a second Passover. The Israelite army passes through Jericho like the destroyer. The house that has a blood-colored cord (like the Passover blood) is the house that receives salvation while all the rest of Jericho is judged. Rahab is a known sinner who is faithfilled, as opposed to Achan the Israelite who steals from God at Jericho.

Here is Zacchaeus:
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Judging by Today, It was a Good Decade

2009 December 18

Filed in:

Junk Drawer


I just finished teaching class for the last time this decade.  And it marks the end of the middle of my 8th year of teaching.  I had two years off in the middle.

I started in the spring of 2000, in France, right after college.

I also had a part in a French Christmas party today in which I ate more than my share in Patée de Campagne and Foie Gras, cassoulet, ratatouille, saucisse, brie, fondue, profiteroles….

…not to mention patée and foie gras.

What?  I already mentioned it?

My last class of the decade ended with a rousing chorus of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing! and one of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Judging solely off today, and it would be accurate to do so, it was a good decade.