The Truth Is in the Stars … or Is Faith the Final Frontier?

Why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula in Taurus, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself, even though you've been stuck with yourself all your life? Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book "Space:  the final frontier." It's impossible to … Continue reading The Truth Is in the Stars … or Is Faith the Final Frontier?

Don’t Fear the Forge: In Which The Benedict Option Mingles with a Rock Book and a Yeats Poem

While immersed in Rod Dreher's much-discussed The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation a few weeks ago, a children's book startled me with a hopeful connection. My son's kids had come to visit and I'd turned to reading nature books with them, but as we read and baked and played and … Continue reading Don’t Fear the Forge: In Which The Benedict Option Mingles with a Rock Book and a Yeats Poem

George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

f He suffered with poor health throughout his life and died of consumption in 1633 at the age of 39.  Before he died he sent a collection of poems to a friend, the founder of the Anglican religious community, Little Gidding. This request, it is said, accompanied the manuscript: Sir, I pray deliver this little … Continue reading George Herbert’s Secrets of Soul Revealed in a Package of Poetry

Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

While intentionally seeking more daily silence, I'm also grateful for the invention of earbuds.  They're not not entirely a blessing, of course.  Earbuds can further the ever-growing problem of isolation. They can override the "still, small voice" by drowning it in mindless noise. But selective listening, fully present to the voice that's speaking, is a … Continue reading Intentional Earbuds–Links to Great Listens #1: The Bishop Who Refuses to Dumb Down the Faith

Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Art washes from the soul the dust of ordinary life.  --Picasso This simple sentence makes exploring the world of art and artists accessible, removing the fear that I'm not deep enough or educated enough to find enjoyment in its kaledescopic worlds.  Art washes the dust of ordinary life from the soul. One artist who does … Continue reading Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Blatantly evangelistic movies aren't really my cup of tea. As much as I appreciate the effort to share the good news at the movies, I find that films designed to argue viewers into belief come off as pushy and strident.  I'm on their side when it comes to loving Christ, but their style often falls … Continue reading The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs

  Boast:  to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride.  In our all-about-me culture, it's becoming increasingly prevalent (and seemingly acceptable) to interrupt and one-up conversations with stories about ourselves. Kirstin Wiigs' SNL character "Penelope" helps me see this side of myself.  I don't like it, but I'm grateful for the humorous take.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGQBFMdJZow   … Continue reading Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying we'd probably avoid them if we met them in real life, yet he'd gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men he played, the side … Continue reading Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely

Loose lips sink ships. Loose lips sink ships, a phrase that originated during World War II, is an American English idiom meaning "beware of unguarded talk." The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and was used on propaganda posters by the United States Office of War Information.  It would be wise to apply … Continue reading Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely

Rutherfraud: What’s Wrong with Political Mudslinging

In the Kingdom of Ice is a masterful work of nonfiction detailing the tragic voyage of Captain George Washington DeLong and thirty-two adventurous men who attempted to reach the North Pole on the USS Jeannette in 1879.  Written by the spellbinding Hampton Sides, its beauty and sorrow make for a powerful historical read. In the … Continue reading Rutherfraud: What’s Wrong with Political Mudslinging