Autumn 22: The Austrian Border, Mushrooms, Ministry Updates

The fall is well advanced, I know, nevertheless what follows is an autumnal update on our activities here in Augsburg, starting with here at Koinonia. You see, we of the Koinonia ecumenical community have a “Gemeinschaftswochenende” , “community weekend” once a year, a retreat that has brought us all to various Christian retreat locations over„Autumn 22: The Austrian Border, Mushrooms, Ministry Updates“ weiterlesen

An Anxious Autumn Reminder: This World is Not Your Home

We’ve been back in the Federal Republic now for most of a month, and the anxious mood of the country seems to have gotten worse. Before the headlines here were taken over by news of Queen Elizabeth’s death and of the startling Ukrainian successes in the Russo-Ukrainian war (update  as of September 12th, here), the„An Anxious Autumn Reminder: This World is Not Your Home“ weiterlesen

Against the Spirit of Angst

Angst is one of those lovely German words that has made it into the English LexiCon. Like FLAK, Weltschmerz, EKG, Schadenfreude and Bratwurst. It is generally translated as „fear“ or „anxiety“, but in my not at all humble opinion as professional translator and holder of a Doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures, it would be„Against the Spirit of Angst“ weiterlesen

Helping Ukrainians in Augsburg

The initial shock of Russia’s attack on Ukraine was still very fresh here when Germans churches, along with Christian charitable institutions both Catholic and Protestant, organised to provide what humanitarian aid they could send themselves to the people fleeing the war and being housed in temporary shelter in western Ukraine and Poland. Here in Augsburg,„Helping Ukrainians in Augsburg“ weiterlesen

The Sharp Sword of Suffering

How to describe suffering—other people’s, I mean. I am just back from a shopping expedition for emergency food that my family would never eat. Everything must be pre-packaged and ready to eat. German sausages in cans, black rye bread that can also be used for paving streets, bizarre Christmas cookies that won’t go bad until„The Sharp Sword of Suffering“ weiterlesen

“Do a blog entry about supernatural healing and rationality.”

That was the note that I wrote myself a few days ago, though work and the quotidian plethora of social responsibilities has kept me from being able to put thoughts into pixels in this matter. To put a blunt point on it, I will here address a question beloved both by skeptics who mistake philosophical„“Do a blog entry about supernatural healing and rationality.”“ weiterlesen

From Francke’s Orphan City to Augsburg’s Christian Kindergarten

Looking at the world through a child’s eyes „Kindergarten“ is of course, a German word, and many know that the institution started here. But did you how and why? Here’s an essay from Susan exploring the origins of the familiar form of early childhood education. At the “Little Friends” kindergarten in Augsburg stand rows and„From Francke’s Orphan City to Augsburg’s Christian Kindergarten“ weiterlesen

Departures V: From Austin to the Alpenvorraum

„Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.„  Acts 16:17 In a previous post, I wrote that, practically from the moment that I had learned that there was a 24/7 house of prayer in Germany,„Departures V: From Austin to the Alpenvorraum“ weiterlesen

My Problems with the Alleged Problem of Evil (Continued )

I’ve heard it most of my life- from the teen years on, certainly, and maybe before that, the “Theodicy Problem” or in particular the so-called “Argument from Evil”.  Just to make sure every reader knows what I am writing about here, the customary formulation of the problem, from Epicurus to Hume to the New Atheists,„My Problems with the Alleged Problem of Evil (Continued )“ weiterlesen

A Reluctant Charismatic in Bavaria Continued

A Reluctant Charismatic in Bavaria, II Here: A photo of me and my daughter at the MEHR Conference in Augsburg, 2015 The conversation with Susie was ended a few seconds later when the worship music ended and the moderator began speaking, meaning I had to start interpreting. About three hours later, my wife, daughter and„A Reluctant Charismatic in Bavaria Continued“ weiterlesen