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Medieval and Reformation in Parallel

By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:50

This week has moved at a breakneck pace. Presbytery on Tuesday was definitely the highpoint, of course. Nonetheless, the rest of the week was also enjoyable enough. I've spent it wading through some really fascinating materials on Martin Bucer, Philipp Melanchthon and medieval religious movements in England for my coursework.

Intensely studying medieval and reformation theology at the same time really helps to remind oneself of just how interrelated the two are. Clearly something significant changed when Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door. But, I think Protestants and Catholics alike — for different reasons — do history a disservice when we portray the Reformation era as essentially entirely different from the medieval era.

The Reformation was just that: reform.

Hoping for Snow

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:50

The forecast actually has snow on the docket for this morning. After a winter thus far almost completely lacking in the white stuff, I find myself rooting for the impending precipitation. Sure, there is something to be said for not having to be out shoveling in the cold, but winter without snow just doesn't seem right.

On the Third Day of Christmas

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:36

Today, it actually snowed for the first time this year (at least with any accumulation). We did not receive that much snow, and it melted quickly, but I was happy to see at least a bit of the white stuff out there. The last few years, St. Louis has had a white Christmas and I was becoming quite spoiled by the timing of the snow.

At least a few times a year, it is nice if there is enough snow to really be snowed in…

Steve Jobs

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:39

John Gruber sums up what I think everyone was thinking:

So it goes. So it goes.

Damn it. I thought the “That day has come” line in his resignation letter implied the end was near, but, truth be told, I never gave up hope that Steve would beat this again.

What a life.

On a personal note, October 5 has long been marked as a day “in infamy” for me — my grandfather died ten years ago today.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas...

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:49

I spent time on the phone with HP tech support, helping a friend get his MediaSmart home server back up and running. Working with it, I am struck that it seems to run far more quietly than the Netgear ReadyNAS I returned last summer (because of the ReadyNAS's malfunctioning fans producing noise). The unit is also a lot more hardware for the buck.

Yet, while Windows Home Server is a relatively interesting product, it feels somewhat rough around the edges. I cannot help but wonder if the fact that the system needed to be factory reset speaks of the unreliability of Windows being carried over into something on the verge of being a consumer electronics-type device. I really wish Apple would offer a full fledged NAS-like product done right.

To Be Vunerable

By Tim Butler | Posted at 22:10

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one. To love is to be vulnerable.

C.S. Lewis always has a way of putting things just right.

The Summer Sets, Semester Dawns

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:09

Well, tomorrow I begin the first day of my last semester at seminary. This feels somehow profound. I am not crazy about having a mid-afternoon class to start things off, but it should be a good one. I have been looking forward to having this professor, Dr. Phil Douglass, again since my first semester.


By Tim Butler | Posted at 0:03

Sometimes it lasts much longer than the light.

Get Your Kicks

By Tim Butler | Posted at 21:07

I've been out of town, if any faithful asisaid readers have been wondering what happened to me after several months of daily posting. The trip, which included some time on Route 66, inspired my latest column on Open for Business.


By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:39

Well, I am back from a short trip to the Ozarks, which was absolutely lovely. Just too short. I always find I am not ready to return home from there.

In any case, my absence from my blog the last few days marked the end of fifty-one days of continuous posting on my blog. As far as I know, that is the longest continuous span of posting I have ever achieved and certainly the longest in recent years, when my posting here has been rather sporadic.

I wanted to do that for two reasons. First, I think the discipline of daily posting makes one think creatively about what can be posted and avoid turning a blog into a place for only highly polished pieces seemingly better fit to an online publication (like OFB). Second, after seeing a number of my favorite blogs from years past essentially dry up, I wanted to shore up my own commitment to the medium of blogging.

While the continuous posting has been broken, I am going to try to keep up daily posting more often in the future. I think its a habit that is actually constructive.

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