I wrote this here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home on September 10, 2011: “Love and beauty called you some place higher, somewhere up the stairs, into the fire. –Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith May your hope give us hope. May your love give us love.” -Springsteen, … Continue reading From the Archives: "Why September 11 is About Vocation"
I published this at The Way of Improvement Leads Home on September 10, 2011. I think it is still relevant.–JF “Love and beauty called you some place higher, somewhere up the stairs, into the fire.” -Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith May your hope give … Continue reading From the Archives: "Why September 11th is About Vocation"
Can’t see nothin’ in front of meCan’t see nothin’ coming up behindI make my way through this darknessI can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds meLost track of how far I’ve goneHow far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbedOn my back’s a sixty pound stoneOn my shoulder a half mile line Come on up … Continue reading Song of the Day: September 11th Commemoration Edition #5
“Love and beauty called you some place higher, somewhere up the stairs, into the fire.” -Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith May your hope give us hope. May your love give us love.” -Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “Left the house this morning, Bells ringing filled … Continue reading Why September 11th is About Vocation
I grew up in northern New Jersey, about thirty miles outside of Manhattan; but on September 11, 2001 I was living in Valparaiso, Indiana. I was a long way from home. I felt helpless. A feeling of homesickness came over me. I wanted to return to the place where I grew up and experience a … Continue reading This Week’s Patheos Column: September 11th, Patriotism, and the Human Spirit
The blog of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History wonders how teachers should approach the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. For many of us, the events of that day are still too recent to be considered with anything close to historical detachment. But for many school children who were either not alive on … Continue reading September 11: History or Current Event?
Just released. Get it here. SET ONE 1.TAKE ‘EM AS THEY COME 05:18 2.THE TIES THAT BIND 03:52 3.THE PROMISED LAND 06:04 4.ADAM RAISED A CAIN 05:30 5.TWO HEARTS 03:44 6.ATLANTIC CITY 06:36 7.MANSION ON THE HILL 04:37 8.INDEPENDENCE DAY 06:03 9.YOUNGSTOWN 06:31 10.MURDER INCORPORATED 06:18 11.BADLANDS 06:55 12.OUT IN THE STREET 06:57 13.TENTH AVENUE … Continue reading Springsteen and the E Street Band in Chicago (September 1999)
Peter Candler was a graduate student at Duke Divinity School on September 11, 2001. He was scheduled to give an 11:00am guest lecture in a theological class on St. Augustine’s City of God. He describes what happened on that day in a piece published Monday at The Washington Post. Here is a taste: This was what the … Continue reading Teaching St. Augustine on 9-11-01
I just stumbled upon this article at Deadspin. As I have written here before, I spent a lot of time over the years listening to WFAN, New York City’s first sports-talk radio station. Between 1989 and 2008 Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo were the heart and soul of the station. Their afternoon drive-time … Continue reading The Mike and the Mad Dog 9/11 Tapes
It’s going to be a busy couple of months: September 21: I’ll be talking about the revised edition of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? on “The Ride Home with John & Kathy on WORD-FM Pittsburgh September 22: I’ll be giving the Kincaid Lecture at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee: “The Bible in the … Continue reading On the Road in September and October 2016
It is going to be a big year for Bruce. The River Tour has been extended through July. The tour will end just in time for Bruce to promote his autobiography. Born to Run is scheduled to appear with Simon and Schuster on September 27, 2016. I know Bruce has been working on his life … Continue reading Springsteen Autobiography Will Appear in September
The New York Times offers a fascinating online tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that will open to the public on May 21, 2014. Here is a taste: When the twin towers collapsed, multiple floors of concrete, drywall, carpeting and furniture were compressed into single, meteorlike objects. Two of these fragments, known … Continue reading Take an Online Tour of the New 9-11 Museum in New York City
Mets fans will remember this. September 21, 2001.
It looks like it will be a busy Fall here at “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.” This weekend I will be in upstate New York speaking on Sunday morning at the annual American Revolution Seminar at Fort Ticonderoga. My talk will be on the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. If you have never … Continue reading On the Road in Late September and October
Over at Religion Dispatches, Paul Harvey offers some reflections on war, September 11th, America, and religion. The cliché that 9/11 “changed everything” is nowhere less true than in the post-9/11 impulse to declare war immediately. War was a choice as well as an echo: a choice Americans made, and an echo of how Americans have made … Continue reading Harvey: 9/11 Changed Nothing
Are you a teacher who is trying to figure out how to teach the meaning of September 11th to your students? A San Diego music teacher will be getting some help from “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen’s musical reflection on the tragic events of a decade ago. Here is a taste from a piece at the … Continue reading Teaching 9-11 with Help From Springsteen
It will be a busy September. In addition to the start of classes, I will be doing some talks and lectures on Was America Founded as a Christian Nation and other topics. If you are in the area, stop by and say hello! On September 16th, I will be at Grace College in Winona Lake, … Continue reading On the Road in September
On the weekend of September 23 I will be giving a lecture on the religious beliefs of the founding fathers at the 8th Annual Seminar on the American Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga. After reading this, I may bring my daughter’s metal detector with me on the trip.
The National of Museum of American History is the official repository for objects related to September 11. For a few examples of what they have in their collection, click here. You can also go to the Smithsonian’s 9-11 digital archive and tell your story. If you add your 9-11 experience to the site it will … Continue reading How Did You Experience 9-11?
Bruce Springsteen’s music appeals to white working people. It always has and it still does. But many of the young working-class baby boomers who connected with Springsteen in 1970s and 1980s are no longer young working class men and women. Many of them are white middle class and upper middle-class folks who can afford to … Continue reading Alterman: Democrats Must Win the Springsteen Vote