Have you ever read a book that was inviting and endearing, but the words ran all the way to the edge of the book? Probably not. Stories without margins are nearly impossible to enjoy reading. It’s the same with life stories. Margin is not the wasted space on the page where more words could have gone if only we would knuckle-down and work harder. Margin is the place where the words we carefully … [Read more...] about Marginal Faith: You Probably Should Be Doing Less
The Triune God & Gospel of Christ
You can't imagine how this music (below) takes me back. It takes me back to a dusty township and dirty children, smiling wide, excited to come to church. It takes me back to Africa, to the beautiful Zulus I shared life with as a boy. My father, who planted a Zulu church along with a Zulu pastor, used to joke that you could tap the next five Zulu men you met and if you put them together you'd have … [Read more...] about The Beautiful Irony of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Amazing Grace
The man who designed the cover of The Green Ember is named Paul Boekell. In fact, after an early version of the design, I asked Paul to make the author name just a bit bigger. "I think I know what Sam is after," he said. "This will definitely be the final version." So with some excitement, I clicked on the attachment. This is what I saw. Awesome, right? I laughed so hard when I saw this that I … [Read more...] about Puzzling Out Where Stories Collide
Here are two short sections from a wonderful piece about fasting (and feasting) from Peter Leithart. It's a very positive article about the part of Christianity that is saying "no." A good read for modern people unaccustomed/hostile to hearing "no" and for ordinary evangelicals (like me) still a little confused about Lent. I strongly recommend it all.... -- This helps us see where Adam’s fast … [Read more...] about To Fast or Too Fast?
Made in God's image, to subcreate. Look no further... This was all over, but worth sharing again. HT: The San Fransisco Globe … [Read more...] about We Are Works, and Workers, of Art
I love this. This is great. Thanks, Josh Bishop. HT: Oikonomia … [Read more...] about Wonder Rush
“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in … [Read more...] about On Love: I Have Never Not Needed To Hear This
Did you hear the one about the family that never laughed? It’s a bad one and not worth retelling. Laughter is a wonderful ingredient to add to the mix of family life. When Dad and Mom can’t or don’t laugh, then children fail to develop part of what it means to be a mature human. God made us to laugh and when we laugh we feel alive. According to Science, laughter is good for our health. And we … [Read more...] about Getting Serious About Laughter
This subject deserves more attention, but consider this a timid foray into a field with tall grass and various lurking beasts all of which this adventurer cannot hope to see. A friend recently bemoaned the apparent problem that many of our leading theologians are disconnected from good storytelling and that many of our leading storytellers are disconnected from good theology. I share that … [Read more...] about Why Are Storytellers Often Bad Preachers and Preachers Often Bad Storytellers?
What a wonderful prayer/confession/affirmation. The Lorica, or St. Patrick's Breastplate I arise today With a mighty power, Calling on the name of the Holy Trinity, Affirming His Threeness, Confessing His Oneness, Thanking my Creator, loving His Creation. I arise today Made strong by Christ's coming. Made strong by His Baptism. Made strong by His crucifixion, and resurrection, and … [Read more...] about St. Patrick’s Breastplate
I am given to understand that Superman Returns is not going to make any of the top 10 films of all-time lists by people who say “films” instead of “movies.” So noted. Well I, who am well-described as a country rube, found I was crying during parts of it tonight. And these were not tears borne of mourning the death of cinema. Nor were they merely manly allergies. I cried because I saw masses of … [Read more...] about I Need A Hero
My Dad has a large tumor on his pancreas, strongly suggestive of cancer. This is, of course, a dreadful thing, terrible and deadly. We have been aware of a potential problem only for a very few days, and so the news is still fresh for us. We are hurting, of course, but I think following Dad’s lead in trusting in God’s good hand in this hard providence. I have been, as we all are in such times, … [Read more...] about My Father In the Valley of the Shadow