If Trees Could Speak… learning Faithfulness from the Redwoods

Esther Dahlstrom: third from the left, 2nd row, staff pic from 1967

A parable...sort of.After unpacking our things I'm eager to show my wife and oldest daughter the sacred ground that is my grandma's house at Mt. Hermon.  It's a very short walk down to Park Way, and hers is the first house we see.  I stand in the dusty gravel parking space and inhale.  The convergence of space, warmth of California redwood sap in the air, and flowers in the garden along the path to the door.  It's all still there, the same.I show my family, explain to them how this place … [Read more...]

Old Testament God: Angry fundamentalist, or loving friend? And why it matters!

In my Bible reading this morning, I came across the phrase "put away the foreign gods" and realized that it comes up over and over again the Old Testament.  Instead of creating and arrogant and judgmental provincialism, pondering what it means for us today could lead to a whole new way of living:Thoughtful people sometimes have a hard time reading the Old Testament because the Old Testament God as mean, judgmental, violent, utterly other than the God of the New Testament, where Christ is … [Read more...]

The transforming power of art

(On this 4th of July, I'm happy to share the talents of author and artist, Christy Tennant.  She's just moved to Seattle, offers a review of my new book on her great blog here, and is the Director of Global Community for the International Arts Movement).  Enjoy!It was a sweltering July day. I was on a crosstown bus in Harlem, heading from my apartment on E. 112th Street to the Department of Motor Vehicles to register my Jeep in New York City. Having waited for what seemed like an eternity in t … [Read more...]

The transforming power of art

(On this 4th of July, I'm happy to share the talents of author and artist, Christy Tennant.  She's just moved to Seattle, offers a review of my new book on her great blog here, and is the Director of Global Community for the International Arts Movement).  Enjoy!It was a sweltering July day. I was on a crosstown bus in Harlem, heading from my apartment on E. 112th Street to the Department of Motor Vehicles to register my Jeep in New York City. Having waited for what seemed like an eternity in t … [Read more...]

Sensuality and beauty—and why they matter

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"Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art." —Emerson"One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple." —Psalm 27:4My oldest daughter lives in the Shire.  Kandern, in the Germany Black Forest, and the surrounding villages, are populated by people tending small farms, artists, and retirees.  Today we hiked up to a small castle ruins, and last … [Read more...]


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