The King’s Speech on D-day eve: A reference point for departure

While our nation's "brightest and best" continue to engaging in embarrassing political posturing, I was privileged last night to enjoy a cup of tea with a dignified British woman who's at the end of her ninth decade, whose husband fought bravely in WWII, and then worked to help Germany rebuild, both physically and spiritually.  I'm talking about Joan Thomas, wife of the late Major Ian Thomas, who founded the Torchbearer Missionary Fellowship, of which I'm privileged to be a part.  Tea with her i … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Reading matters: What’s on your list?

I'm convinced, more than ever, that our lives are shaped by two things:1. Revelation2. Our response to revelationA lot of revelation in our lives is pre-determined.  We don't choose our families,  the nation in which we live (usually), and all the cultural taboos and mores that go with those inheritances.But it's also true that, as we grow older, a great deal of the revelation in our lives is the product of our choices.  We choose our friends, the media we digest, and what we do with our … [Read more...]

Reading matters: What’s on your list?

I'm convinced, more than ever, that our lives are shaped by two things:1. Revelation2. Our response to revelationA lot of revelation in our lives is pre-determined.  We don't choose our families,  the nation in which we live (usually), and all the cultural taboos and mores that go with those inheritances.But it's also true that, as we grow older, a great deal of the revelation in our lives is the product of our choices.  We choose our friends, the media we digest, and what we do with our … [Read more...]

Curious…

I'm enjoying reading the biography of a favorite Christian: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while I'm over here in Germany.  He was a German pastor, ultimately arrested and executed because of his overt and covert involvement in the resistance movement. I love reading about German history while I'm over here because this history still bleeds into day to day conversations.  I learned today that the dorm for a local school here once housed Nazi youth, and that the Art Center I visited was leveled by Nazis a … [Read more...]


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