January 30th, 2006


A weekend with books and the Messiah.


I visited Loome Theological Bookseller this weekend. Loome is “the largest second-hand dealer of theological books in the world”, as the website proclaims. http://www.loomebooks.com/loome.cfm?PageID=2100

Jake, it is like a Powell’s Books dedicated to theology. !!

I managed to pick up St. Athanasius' "On the Incarnation", a collection of Patristic writings entitled "The Later Christian Fathers", and at another Loome Bookstore, a collection of three short stories by Turgenev.

Loome Books is located in Stillwater Minnesota, about a half hour away from St. Paul. On Saturday, Abby, Jason and Minda (two housemates) and I traveled there by automobile for a rainy and sleepy day of wandering. It was chilly and the overcast sky was beautiful. The city of Stillwater is largely a series of hills built on the St. Croix River; a bridge connects downtown Stillwater to Wisconsin. We ate and from time to time we spoke, but mostly we just kept quiet and walked.

That night our group attended an evening service at Holy Trinity. Afterwards we found ourselves at the house of David and Margaret, a wonderful couple who have somewhat adopted the Beth Shalom community. We played games and ate food and Jason and I shared a clove on the front porch.

At a coffee shop in South Minneapolis last night, I sat at a table with Amber and Abby. Amber is/is becoming a follower of Messianic Judaism. There is much that we obviously and even fundamentally disagree over, but there is a strange sort of beauty in that fact. I could sense the awkwardness, the turmoil boiling up within her as she so wanted to disagree and yet do it somehow in love. I know that feeling; I live that feeling.
I wish her courage and wisdom. More importantly, I wish her Yeshua. She believes that scarcely anything but paganism can be found in the Christian Church. I believe that apart from the Church Christ cannot be found. Oh the agony of truth.


“I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”- CS Lewis on theology.

Iran, I walked.

Slate.com asked readers to send in their suggestions for dealing with Iran. The entire summary is amusing, particularly this:


Some of you favored sanctions, some leaned more to inducements, some outlined a mix of both. A dozen of you contrived nifty espionage plots: Assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists, sabotage their reactors, smuggle in a small A-bomb and blow it up to make it look like a reactor accident (a move that would have the added benefit of dampening the desire for nukes elsewhere). I particularly enjoyed the idea of spurring the Russians to get more involved by planting phony evidence of nuclear cooperation between Iran and Chechnya.