Fantasy: A Door That’s Closing—And Why We Should Keep It Open

This past weekend, as part of our plans to insulate our attic bedroom, I was searching out the "art" part of the project and stumbled upon these lovely works from England.  They're part of a folklore, fairy tale genre that hints at a different world—they're not the world itself, but just a hint of it, a marker pointing us in a direction beyond what we can touch, taste, and feel in this here and now.  As Lewis says, they are "only the scent of flower we have not found, the hint of a tune we have n … [Read more...]

Dust by God – the matter of the body – Part 1

Because of a ski injury last year, I ended up getting an MRI, which entails lying down inside a giant bullet while invisible rays are shot at your body.  The technician, who assures me this is safe, is safely in another a room.  No wonder we don't trust words anymore.Days later, while sitting with doctor, the most disturbing thing about the looking at the MRI wasn't the diagnosis, learning how I had an injury that would never fully cure itself, but could get passable with physical therapy and m … [Read more...]

Two reasons to believe the Bible is inspired

I was chatting with someone this week about questions of faith and "knowing":  How do we know that the Bible is from God?Know is a tricky word, because every person's appetite for evidence is different.  Some need mountains, some molehills.  Either way, the truth is that you'll never find enough scientific evidence to come to what I call, "Know with a capital 'K'". God's telling us the story of history with the purpose of inviting us into that story, inviting us to re-calibrate our lives ac … [Read more...]

Reconciling 4Gs: God, Grace, Goodness, Genocide

As promised Sunday, here's my consideration of the question about God's justice in the Old Testament.  It's not a definitive answer...but an attempt at framing the question in a cultural contextI'll begin by referring you to a much longer article on this subject, because page one explains why this is an important subject.  It's there we're introduced to the assault on Christianity from the new and popular atheists, who all share a common belief that the God of the Bible is morally destitute, c … [Read more...]

Reconciling 4Gs: God, Grace, Goodness, Genocide

As promised Sunday, here's my consideration of the question about God's justice in the Old Testament.  It's not a definitive answer...but an attempt at framing the question in a cultural contextI'll begin by referring you to a much longer article on this subject, because page one explains why this is an important subject.  It's there we're introduced to the assault on Christianity from the new and popular atheists, who all share a common belief that the God of the Bible is morally destitute, c … [Read more...]

How to pray when it’s all “too much”

There are times when the load of life is crushing.  You're failing in a grad program that you love and are terrified at the future void that's hanging over you.  Your husband has left you for another woman, or another man.  You've learned that you have clinical depression and that the road of recovery will be slow and arduous, and you're trying to figure out how you'll cope in the meantime.  There's a certain sin in your life that makes you feel like you're in the movie "Groundhog Day" as the pat … [Read more...]

The best way to move: “Stay Put”

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we startedIn "The Wisdom of Stability", the author draws on both his own experience, and the testimony of church history to declare that there's wisdom in declaring our default position to be that we'll remain right where we are, putting down roots and going deeper rather than embracing the mobility lifestyle that so characterizes our time and culture.I think of the poetry at the top of this post … [Read more...]

“If your right hand causes you to stumble…” 127 Hours of Redemption

I was in Colorado, and watched with a friend there when Aron Ralston appeared on David Letterman in 2003, after cutting off his right arm, which had become pinned, as the saying goes, "between a rock and hard place". He'd broken the bone, severed his own arm, rappelled down a 65' canyon wall, and begin the 17 miles back to his car, when he was seen by a couple from the Netherlands, leading to his evacuation six hours after he'd amputated his arm.Other than that Letterman interview nearly … [Read more...]


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