I just read this description of a scientist doing field research in the 1800s: “Wallace plunged into the jungles along the Rio Negro and spent the next four years doggedly collecting specimens. The challenges he faced were numberless. Insects made his life a torment. He broke his glasses, on which he was highly dependent, during … [Read more]
Doing life badly, like swimming badly, hurts badly. But it’s easier to check out than fix what causes the hurt.
I was asked to give a closing address for Eastern University’s cohort of Christian students earning M.A.s in Economic Development and Organizational Leadership in Rwanda. A student asked to have a copy of the talk afterward, so I’ve written up my notes to share here. Our family has been raising chickens for the last … [Read more]
“I believe I am a happy person.” Songwriter Oscar Hammerstein makes this simple statement in an essay he read aloud in a radio series called This I Believe. I’ve been listening to the series on CD as I drive around town. It pulls together statements from people both obscure and famous, apple farmers and pizza … [Read more]
Becoming a Christian is like reaching the end of a hundred-mile backpacking trip and taking off your forty-pound pack to just get a hug and a cup of hot cocoa from a best friend.
Our daughter sighed in a dreamy voice, “I want this vacation to last forever.” Those were strong words, considering how unlike the typical Disney-Mecca Pilgrimage our vacation had been. Her favorite entertainment had been tossing around a watermelon in a pond, sleeping on friends’ floors, and stopping at a playground with a bucket of store-bought … [Read more]
Now and then, readers surprise me with requests that I pass along stories from their lives. Here’s the story of faith that one woman has to share with you all. Thanks, Marcela! Raising a child with severe disabilities has been one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of my … [Read more]
Zimbabwe held an election. Old man Mugabe won. Unbelievable stories of election rigging. What else is new? I sat with a family of Zimbabweans yesterday listening to their lament. They mourned the thousands of people Mugabe has killed… the ways corruption is becoming the norm in the very fabric of society… the newly ousted minister … [Read more]
I walk into an Urdu class and try to explain that I’m a Zulu student, so I’m sitting in on her class. So awkward. I felt like this: In case you don’t recognize the funky languages Urdu and Zulu, I should mention Urdu is spoken in India, Zulu in South Africa, and they have nothing … [Read more]
What’s Amazing today? Choosing to look reality in the face. Are you ultimately more pessimistic or optimistic about the state of the world today? In a conversation on this topic, a former student of mine at Eastern University, Shelley Dewig, recently shared this. I love the way she describes the importance of a realistic view … [Read more]