From the desk of Dr. Russ Bowers

  • The Prodigal

    (a borrowed rendition; Author Unknown) Feeling footloose and frisky, a feather-brained fellow Forced his fond father to fork over the farthings, Flew far to foreign fields, And fabulously frittered his […]

  • The Eagles

    Did Philly’s football franchise flash before you when you saw today’s title? That team interests some around here, but so do the raptors who first bore that name. The science […]

  • Apples of Gold

    Did anyone here fight dysania[1] an hour or so ago? I hope the cause was not uhtceare[2] over any tendency you might have to perendinate,[3] or over abligurition[4] because last […]

  • Anointing the Sick

    “Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the […]

  • Enjoying Life Two Octobers Ago

    Originally Published Oct. 18, 2018; Updated. This has been an unspectacular New England autumn—most leaves either staying green or simply browning and dropping. Too warm and too dry. But today […]

  • Good Good Good

    The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. What does that mean? “Good” is a broad concept with various nuances. Koinē Greek had three adjectives that we often trans­late “good,” each […]

  • Renaissance Christians

    A recent message from a former student:  “Hi Dr. B!!!  Hope you are well!  Mike and I have been thinking about the concept of ‘renaissance Christian’ that I learned in […]

  • Not Grown Up and Still Alive

    On Monday, five-year-old Shayna’s eyes stretched into saucers as she spied me splitting sixteen-inch logs with one whack. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” she asked. […]

  • Analysis and Synthesis

    It is dangerous to give your pastor a kayak. Mon­day’s sea breeze encouraged me to paddle due east, prow pointed toward Peniche, Portugal. A couple hundred yards of seaward sailing […]

  • Try It

    Neither brother wanted to try Life cereal, so they shoved it in front of four-year-old Mikey. He liked it! 5:30 Tuesday morning. Roads and beaches are suddenly less crowded. Orion […]