Truth and Hope in Art

In my early adulthood, a favorite pastime of my friends was the creation of “Top Five” lists. It was the result of an unhealthy obsession with the movie High Fidelity. In the movie, the main protagonists often create top five lists of great songs, singers, etc. One of our often debated lists was the “Top…

The Call of a Dirt Road

What are symbols of progress in a civilization? I think you could make an argument for asphalt. We build paved roads to provide access and open up areas for economic and residential development. Given that asphalt is a marker for progress, why do I love getting off the asphalt and onto a dirt road? I…

Theology and Science in Dialog

I have recently been going through some old papers and essays from seminary and I found an old reading response concerning science and theology. This post reproduces some of that response and adds some further thoughts. The response was originally written in regard to chapter 10 of Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society by Ted Peters. The…

Freedom in Chains: The Perspective of the Apostle Paul in Prison

  This is a bit of a different kind of post. I originally wrote this for a Bible study I lead at my church. We are discussing the letter to the Ephesians and we had noted that Paul seems to have a pretty positive attitude about being in prison. This post examines possible reasons that…

Citizen Yellowstone?

There is an interesting movement afoot in the western world trying to grant natural features in our landscape legal status as citizens. I first came across the movement reading an article on OutsideOnline. New Zealand has granted one of its national parks, Te Urewera, status as a citizen of the state through the Te Urewera…

The Crippling Fear

You have screwed it all up. You do not do anything useful and you are too old to try now. All of the decisions you have made up until this point have led to naught. You are an abject failure. Frequent thoughts like these send my head spinning and put me into an inescapable death…

The Road Never Travelled

My father and I went fishing and camping this weekend. Really, we just went camping because it would be a stretch to call what we accomplished “fishing.” It was raining the second morning so we got a late start. We ate breakfast and took our time breaking camp. By the time we were done packing…

The Apathy of Civilized People

“As we sat by the camp-fire the brightness of the sky brought on a long talk with the Indians about the stars; and their eager, childlike attention was refreshing to see as compared with the decent, deathlike apathy of weary civilized people, in whom natural curiosity has been quenched in toil and care and poor…

An Existential Need for Place

Roots are foundational. In plants, roots initially define their place in the world. Roots supply a majority of the plant’s nutrition. In short, roots are the foundation upon which plants thrive. We all need roots. We are all rooted in a physical location and our feelings toward that location are incredibly important. If I hate…