A few things learned and remembered in Phoenix:

1)  Tom Ward is smart.  Ridiculously smart.  No one in the room (8 people) came close to understanding his paper.  I might be able to get it with a hard copy, but even then…..

2)  I’m going to have to live up with a mispronounced college name the rest of my life.  A direct quote from the lady who introduced Tom:  “Thomas Ward has a Bachelor’s degree from Bee-ola University.”

3)  Pizookie is really, really rich.  If you have never had the rich, chocolate-chippity goodness (either from BJ’s or, if in Phoenix, Oregano’s) I highly recommend it.

4)  Connecting with good friends after a long absence is really, really refreshing.

5)  Connecting with good friends after a long absence is really, really difficult when you can’t talk or breathe very well. 

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. If I met someone whom I couldn’t understand, I would think he were drunk or dumb.


  2. If I met someone I couldn’t understand I’d think he deserves to study philosophy at a a prominent Los Angeles university. And I’d hope I was on the application panel at said university. And I might hope I was drunk. On life.


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