I have hundreds of them that are meaningful to me, so I thought, why not share a few each Saturday in hopes of bring a little thought, comfort, challenge, or inspiration to your weekend. Enjoy. – Look people in the eye and you will discover their intentions. Not how people laugh. Listen to how they … Continue reading Quotes for Saturday – Today: Bonhoeffer, Berry, Rilke, Dahlstrom
I recently watched Come Before Winter, a short documentary about two foes of Hitler. Sefton Delmer was a propagandist who broadcast fake news into Germany as a means of changing hearts and minds. Pastor Deitrich Bonhoeffer was the other protaganist in the film. I’ve written extensively about Bonhoeffer in other places, so I’ll leave him … Continue reading Facebook, Nazis, and Fake News – History shows our ongoing need for Discernment
Every time I travel in Europe I try to read some European history, especially as it relates to the intersection of faith and culture. In the past I’ve shared stories of Sophie Scholl (regarding her martyrdom for the distribution of resistance literature against the Nazis in Bavaria), and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (regarding his denouncement of Hitler … Continue reading A Pilgrimage to find Courage
Do you remember eighth grade geometry, and the subject of axioms? An axiom is “a statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true”. An example in math would be: “if x and y are real numbers, then the sum of x+y is also a real number”. There’s no need to … Continue reading New Axioms in a Post Truth World
It was in the late summer of 1976 when I first made my way north to Seattle, Washington. I was headed to a new college, having changed my major from architecture to music. I drove up from California and every mile north of Sacramento was new territory for me. I’ll never forget seeing downtown for … Continue reading The Gifts of Christmas #5 – Shepherd, Provider, Gift Giver
(This will take a few minutes to read, and maybe create more questions than answers. So at the outset, please know: I believe in just war – I believe in the right of governments to carry the sword in order curb evil as seen in Romans 13. And, I believe in that the path of … Continue reading Lightening Our Loads: Musings on Genocide in Holy Week
At the end of a day spent sitting at a desk, I hop in the car and drive two short miles to the trailhead. There are rumors of snow on the peaks just above the house where I live at the pass, but I’ve yet to see any evidence as the clouds have enshrouded the … Continue reading When the Clouds Part – and how to part them.
“…the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him…” – C.S. Lewis: Weight of Glory” “blessed are they that mourn” – Jesus the Christ Jesus speaks this bit … Continue reading Contradictions – Embracing both the beauty and tragedy of our world
It’s elemental things like wind, clouds, and fire that God uses to guide people throughout the Bible. “Don’t move unless the flame moves.” “The wind blows. You don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the spirit.” Our view of guidance is important, because unless … Continue reading The Wind of the Spirit – blowing plans away day by day
Fear is a net which evil casts over us that we might become ensnared and fall. Those who are afraid have already fallen. D. Bonhoeffer I went for a tiny little run this morning around the lake by my house, grateful for health, grateful for the remarkable hope I hold for, literally, all of humanity, … Continue reading Musings on Boston Strong and why Beating Fear matters so much.