Sonnet Written on Our 41st Wedding Anniversary
December 21, 2009
In echoes of Capernaum the Lord
Inquired of me, his happy friend, and said,
“Will you, like these five thousand, take my bread
And leave?” But I replied, “Who can afford
To lift his little hand and…
God in a Manger, Part 1: Jesus Is Lord
Advent is my yearly reminder to brush up on Christology, the doctrine of the person of Christ. I’ve found it helpful to approach the subject under three headings:
- Jesus as Lord (fully divine)
- Jesus as Savior (fully human)
- Jesus as…
Proving What Can't Be by Not Seeing It
When G. K. Chesterton was arguing against a rationalist who denied miracles on the ground that experience is against it, he cited this:
There was a great Irish Rationalist of this school who, when he was told that a witness…
C. S. Lewis on What God Foreknows
Reflecting on why God put Abraham’s faith to the test by commanding him to offer his son, Lewis says,
“If God then is omniscient, he must have known what Abraham would do, without any experiment. Why then this needless torture?”…
If Not Santa, What?
How will our home look if our celebration is a picture of anticipation and waiting for God’s plan to be completed, a picture of our joy in the salvation he has begun for us? What visible things will fill our…Continue Reading
Thinking About Santa
Over the years, we have chosen not to include Santa Claus in our Christmas stories and decorations. There are several reasons.
First, fairy tales are fun and we enjoy them, but we don’t ask our children to believe them.
Joseph: (Un)Planned Detours
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
As Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, discovered in Matthew 1-2, that’s just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find…Continue Reading
Talitha: “Mom, I have a tiny disco ball to hang on the Jesus Tree!”
Me: “Before you do that, you need to tell me how that disco ball relates to Jesus.”
Talitha: “Mmm…well…Jesus is the light of the world…and he…Continue Reading
Don't Look a Gift Universe in the Mouth
A cosmos, one day being rebuked by a pessimist replied, "How can you who revile me consent to speak by my machinery? Permit me to reduce you to nothingness and then we will discuss the matter." Moral. You should not… Continue Reading