“The artist’s job is to reveal the real nature of things through picture or story or song, to show the rest of us what is really there when we are content with the misleading surface of things. As Pope John Paul II has written, “Artists are constantly in search of the hidden meaning of things, … Continue reading The artists job
Thanks for your prayers for my first day of teaching. It was a long day–2 hour drive to campus, 2 meetings, 4 hours of translating, teaching for 2 hours, and then a two hour drive home. It was a good day but I’m glad not every day is like this! I enjoyed meeting my students … Continue reading First day of new semester!
On the night before we left this past June, we met with Ishmael and Daisy on one of the first days of Ramadan fasting. After breaking the fast with our friends, Ishmael began to recount our friendship over the past two years. “I remember many times you came to sit under my tree while I sold … Continue reading I Remember – Part 5
“Business unusual is not about bringing people to church. It’s about being the church among those who will never come to the buildings we have built. It’s about pointing in a different direction, toward a loving Heavenly Father…toward Christ…and praying that they will begin to follow. And when the do, that they won’t be content to … Continue reading Business Unusual – Part 4
“‘Doing church’ the way it’s usually done will have no effect on my friend, the one who will never come to a church building for any reason. Unfortunately, we have found that while cooler and hipper worship services might please the fishbowl of people who attend—and, we hope, they are pleasing to God as well? But … Continue reading Those who will not come – Part 3
My mind was racing and my heart pounding out of my chest as I fought back the tears. “Your baby is too small. Go home and rest….and wait for your baby to die,” our Filipino doctor said to us as we sat in her office of the best hospital in the sprawling metropolis of Manila, … Continue reading Why? – Part 1
“And he was laid in a manger, because there was no place for him elsewhere.” Ok, so the Bible is very clear that Jesus was placed in a manger. But where’s the part about searching for a hotel room late at night in the pouring rain? Where’s the part about the innkeeper refusing to give … Continue reading Stables, Mangers and a Cow for Good Measure