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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Mark Traphagen M.A.R. Biblical Studies

| May 28, 2009

Just moments ago a friend sent me this recording of my name being read from the podium of Westminster Theological Seminary’s commencement for the awarding of my Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) degree: “Mark Traphagen, in absentia” UPDATE: My daughter took the following video of all the M.A.R. graduates receiving their diplomas. My […]

Resurrection Day (of a Blogging Friend)

| April 12, 2009

On this Resurrection Day (Easter, to those who prefer gods with long ears made out of chocolate), I want to welcome the resurrection of one of my favorite blogs: Sibboleth by my dear friend, Fuller Seminary professor J. R. Daniel Kirk. He is just back online after a Lenten Internet fast. Daniel is one of […]

Two Ex-Chicagoans and Sandurg’s Chicago

| April 7, 2009

In honor of National Poetry Month my friend author Mindy Withrow is posting a poem a day. Today it’s Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago.” Sandburg’s poem acknowledges that Chicago is indeed a wicked, crooked, brutal place; and yet, he slugs back at anyone who would make that the whole picture of his city. Chicago, he says, “like […]

Beirut Flying Club Cup Video #7: “Forks and Knives”

| April 5, 2009

This entry is part of a series, Flying Club Cup Videos by Beirut» I’m blogging through the series of videos made to accompany the album Flying Club Cup by Beirut (aka Zach Condon and band). Song #7 is “Forks and Knives (La Fete)”. Here’s the video: The game room of a Brooklyn bar is the […]

Recipe for Being Truly Human

| February 28, 2009

According to Margie Haack, this is more than a recipe for her Lemon Dilled Rice: Lemon Dilled Rice (Serves 3-4) 1 cup rice 4 T. butter 1 small onion, diced 1 t. salt 2 t. dill weed (or 2 T. fresh dill, chopped) 2 c. water or chicken broth 1 lemon, juiced In a saucepan, […]

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