In his little devotional book Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner says we should not look to Scripture for answers first of all, but instead listen to the questions it asks. Good advice. Certainty is a luxury the human race can ill afford. Conviction that “we” have answers and “they” do not has created a good deal…
Trauma and loss are ancient and familiar realities for life on our planet, and no one is exempt from the cost they exact. Marilynne Robinson talks about lacrimae rerum – the tears in things
Once my seven-year-old granddaughter, upon watching a pod of orcas circle and devour a seal, remarked, “Why is the earth such a bad place?”
“I used to be a Christian, but then I became a forensic pathologist.” So says a colleague of detective Kurt Wallander, main character in a dark gritty British television series bearing his name.
People who read novels often talk about skipping the descriptive parts so it won`t take so long to get to the plot. Some of my students used to apply the term “run-on sentence” to any statement that was longer than subject-verb-object.
I am in my seventh decade. I live alone. I have plenty of time now to do things there was no time for when I had a spouse, a family and a job. I have the luxury of retrospection. I read, no longer for my work, but for pleasure and learning