Tony Cartledge’s Blog

Sunrise

One of the best things about an oceanfront room at the beach is the chance to watch the sun crest the horizon every morning. I've always liked sunrises, but unless you live in a place with an open view to the east, you can watch colors paint the sky, but rarely catch...

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Boxing day

In the United Kingdom and several other Commonwealth nations, the day after Christmas (or sometimes the first weekday after Christmas) is observed as "boxing day." It has nothing to do with flyweights, welterweights, or heavyweights, but with boxes of Christmas gifts...

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Old hymns

I'm writing this before heading out to church today. I don't know what the music will be like, though I'm sure it will be well done, and I'm not worried about it. I can enjoy both traditional and more contemporary music, pieces that are contemplative and songs that...

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Pretty …

Photo: American Friends of Tel Aviv University One of the things that makes us human, I think, is an aesthetic sense, an appreciation of beauty. We like pretty things: it's a part of who we are, and there's nothing new about it. Archaeologists working at Tel Megiddo,...

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Did he sleep?

I wondered, as I awoke several times between Maundy Thursday night and Good Friday morning, what the chances are that Jesus got any sleep between his arrest and his crucifixion. I'm inclined to doubt it.  Gethsemane, in daylightWe have nothing to go on but the...

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Rememberdays

Today is my daughter Bethany's birthday. She would have been 26. It's hard to imagine, but I do. Yesterday was the 200th birthday of Raleigh's First Baptist Church -- both of them. As in a number of other southern towns, Raleigh's first Baptist church included both...

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Stretching

Today is the first Sunday of Lent -- plenty time for folks who gave up chocolate to be sneaking a taste here and there, or daring to debate whether Sundays count, since they're not included in the official 40 days of Lent. I've never been very good at the ascetic...

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