Rend Your Heart

“Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relenting from evil.” (Joel 2:13) As we approach the beginning of Holy Week and the end of Lent, I have been reflecting on this passage, one of the […]

What I Mean by “Faith”

“Are you religious?” is a question I am often asked, and one that I ask others, too. It would seem that this question has always contained significant signalling power. It is in a sense a way of ask “are you like me? do we have common ground to discuss certain topics, or would a discussion […]

And the Word Became Flesh

“In the beginning there was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD, and then the WORD became flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” Words are pure information. They are abstract representations of concepts which signify something meaningful to us that permit us to communicate, not […]

Music and Life

From my journal this morning: Turning on classical music transports me to another realm–a land of beauty and possibility. Music is timeless because it is an aesthetic derived from mathematics itself. It is a harmony deeply embedded in the nature of Nature. The operations of chemistry and biology, even physics are less pure than music. […]

The Escape of Believable Unreality

History has seen man move toward ever-more believable unrealities because man does not want to contemplate the truth of existence. From anthropomorphic gods to Theater to Disneyland to Oculus Rift, we see that imagination leads technology in our attempt to escape the brutal truth that existence itself has no explanation, that life is suffering punctuated […]

A Sad Song

The heart understands not its void Incessant seeking Expecting deliverance Dangerous assumption. Soaring hope near-touches the moon Misses by a thread And the longed-for embrace Is grasping for shadows. Enigmatic, impenetrable The Soul resists capture Though enemies besiege Though lovers assail. The rib may be shared, But an eternal flame Burns not from two wicks– […]