That they may all be one

‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,* so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

I want to be Catholic.

There I said it. I admitted it.

I want to be part of One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I want to be part of the worldwide Communion of believers.

Jesus of Nazareth calls us to follow him. He wants us to remain one body.

We believe in One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.

But it seems that from the moment Christ ascended into heaven, the Church has been doing everything it can to avoid that mission of universality and ecumenicism.

In the book of Acts, in the very beginning of the Jesus Movement, a debate arose over circumcision. Soon debates arose over whether eating food sacrificed to idols was acceptable.

10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.*12 What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God* that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 1 Cor 1:10-17 NRSV

Today, the Church is so fragmented that there are 40,000 denominations in the United States alone. We clearly do not know the *perfect* dogma, and perhaps we never will. In Canterbury today, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have gathered. It’s widely seen as the final meeting of the Communion. And now, instead of food sacrificed to idols, we are divided over our treatment of our homosexual brothers and sisters.

Love should guide our path, not dogma.

The Anglican Communion has always been more defined by what we do than what we believe. Lex orandi, lex credendi. We pray what we believe. What holds us together as Anglicans is our Common Prayer. The English Church brought us the Holy Scriptures and the Mass in our own tongues.

We can disagree. We can bicker. But we must remember that we are all members of the same family. One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Fido Coffee Mug!
Fido Coffee Mug!
Barista Parlor glass
Barista Parlor glass
Available at the GooGoo Store downtown. I also like the Koozies.
Available at the GooGoo Store downtown. I also like the Koozies.
Bread & Co Treats... Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies! or the cranberry raspberry oatmeal ones
Bread & Co Treats… Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies! or the cranberry raspberry oatmeal ones
Thistle Farm's Lip Balm
Thistle Farm’s Lip Balm
Southern Gentleman's Sauce from Acme
Southern Gentleman’s Sauce from Acme
LEGO Double Decker Couch
LEGO Double Decker Couch
LEGO Micro-Snowspeeder
LEGO Micro-Snowspeeder
LEGO 75078 - Imperial Troop Transport.
LEGO 75078 – Imperial Troop Transport.

A Prayer for Lawyers

Sir Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers.
Sir Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers.

Almighty God, who is great in Power and Justice:  Grant that we may be effective advocates for our clients, whether they be an orphan or a widow; that we may uphold the rights of the lowly and destitute.  Give us wisdom, patience, and courage in representing our clients and advocating for them with the courts. For doing righteousness and justice is more acceptable to you than Sacrifice. Help us to rescue the oppressed and defend their cause, and in all that we do show mercy, justice, and faith, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Text adapted from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Bean Counting: Dunn Bros

Ah, Dunn Brothers, I think I may have spent $500 here this summer. image_1Dunn Bros. is everything that I need in a coffee shop. It has great food, great coffee, and an easy going vibe. It’s not too corporate, but you’re also not being served out of a plastic dixie cup. They have an amazing blend called “Infinite Black,” which is like double-strength and perfect for that first (or fifth) cup in the morning. 
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The Vibe: 

Think local Starbucks. None of the baristas have abnormal piercings or tattoos.

The goods: 

Bacon. Egg. Cheese. Biscuit. Sausage. Egg. Cheese. Biscuit. Also, an awesome fruit cup that isn’t entirely made out of melon. Plus your typical assortment of pastries and yogurt.


The Joe: 

Excellent. Unique flavor. Strong, but not overpowering. They have all of the milk varieties you could want.


The Verdict:

If you’re looking for a solid coffee shop in downtown Nashville, look no further than Dunn Bros. None of the hippy pretentious of other local shops, but all of the delicious, craft-roasted coffee.

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Bean Counting: Headquarters Coffee

I drink a lot of (Iced) coffee. It’s a whole category of my budget. I’ve got Starbucks Gold Status until 2016. So, I thought I’d start writing about my experiences in coffee drinking around Nashville, Washington, DC, and the world.

The first stop on our coffee tour, only because it’s where I went to today, is Headquarters Coffee on Charlotte Ave. They can be found at:

4902 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 386-6757

The Vibe:

Reminded me of Sidamo on H Street in DC (review to come). Eclectic music, jewelry for sale, reclaimed hardwood everywhere.

The Goods:

They had your typical selection of artisan coffee and espresso beverages available. I was coffee-hqhappy to see iced coffee on the menu. Prices slightly higher than Starbucks, but much lower than Barista Parlour. A 20oz Iced Coffee was $4.00 on the menu, but mine was only $3.00.

Vegan cakes, cookies, and other desserts were available. They also carried an assortment of bottled kombucha and iced coffee.

The Joe:

Iced Coffee has a mild acidic flavor. Nothing overpowering. Maybe floral? They only had almond milk and half & half available in the cooler, so that may color my judgment of the taste.

The Verdict:

I’ll probably go back. It’s on my way to/from work. Street Parking is available and it’s right next to one of my new breakfast favorites, Porter Road Butcher.

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Vanderbilt Bowl Predictions: Week 14

Source Bowl Opponent Date
Saturday Down South Gator Michigan (B1G) 1/1
Mark at ESPN Music City Georgia Tech (ACC) 12/31
Brad at ESPN Liberty Marshall (C-USA) 12/31
SB Nation Liberty Marshall (C-USA) 12/31
CBS Sports Gator Michigan (B1G) 1/1 Liberty Rice/Marshall 12/31 Music City Miami (ACC) 12/31
Bleacher Report Music City Georgia Tech (ACC) 12/31
Sports Illustrated BBVA Compass Rutgers (AAC) 1/4

What I think this really says is… we’re going to need to wait until the bowl announcement next Sunday.

In case you didn’t know…

Law School is hard.


It’s amazing when you see an entire semester’s of work reduced down to one letter. In that letter rests your entire future. It’s ridiculous.


oh well.

#1 on my Christmas List

LEGO 79003 – An Unexpected Gathering, hailed as one of the best LEGO sets of all time… and from perhaps my favorite book as a child.

You can read more about the set on Brickset. It can be purchased on Amazon or I’ve wanted to build a Bag End since the first time that I saw the Fellowship of the Ring. With this official release, that dream can come true!

More Christmas musings for my dear mother… (and any other interested family members)

  • Law themed gifts (a gavel?)
  • Noise canceling, over the ear headphones (the big kind)
  • a griddle
  • New shaving brush/stand for brush/razor
  • Camp Mocs/Winter boat shoes
  • a griddle
  • More coffee accessories
  • the entire LEGO Hobbit range
  • Georgetown winter gear
  • a Barbour jacket (Bedale, Navy, 42,
  • an iPhone 5
  • My XBOX to re-appear
  • Law interview appropriate ties – aka boring – aka Repp Stripes from Brooks Brothers or J. Press.
  • a charcoal suit for said interviews (USA Made please… or at least North American)
  • Monogrammed Belt from Trafalgar
  • Black dress belt, brown dress belt (Id.)
  • more dress shoes
  • Risk, the board game
  • more boat shoes (10.5, W)

For those people desperately trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas: (anything on that page almost) (JK) (pleaseee)