A Message from Jason Shelby that may make you shout ‘Alleluia’ involuntarily.

By Guest Bohemian Jason Shelby The following is a word for word transcription, with a few edits for clarity, of Rev. Jason Shelby’s homily given on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the historical St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. While listening to his message, I actually shouted out loud, involuntarily, while sitting in my […]

I Saw the Future

Pontificus Minimus Opines Pontificus lacks some serious patience. This makes him a very selfish man. Very being a defining adverb. Oh, he spouts rhetoric about the importance of being others-centered, but he sure does struggle practicing what he so often preaches. Does this hypocrisy make him a hypocrite? Yes and no! Got to give the […]

Mattie Louise Mattered

By PONTIFICUS MINIMUS and POOR WILLIAM The following eulogy was given at the lads’ maternal grandmother’s funeral on October 6, 1996. She was a grand and classy dame–the finest of the finest. The use of the first person singular in the eulogy covers both Pontificus and Poor William; they sometimes think they are the same […]

God is in Gardens

By PONTIFICUS MINIMUS Gardens and gardening reflect God’s creative and redemptive power. Many a pastoral life’s non-encumbrances include outside air, sunshine, the smell of soil, time for reflection, and the greatest gift of all–watching a tiny green plant with a leaf or two and a limp stem grow into whatever God designed during its ancestral […]

Physical Training versus Godliness

By PONTIFICUS MINIMUS In the Apostle Paul’s first epistle to his protégé Timothy, he writes: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Godliness and the pursuit of the spiritual trump humanity’s concern with the physical body. […]

Reconciliation, Fire, Iron, and Another Phone Call

  By Pontificus Minimus (Clarksdale, Mississippi) “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  —  The Apostle Paul. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  —  Mother Teresa Pontificus had the opportunity this week to put to […]