Monthly Archives: February 2010

The best career advice I can give the missions-minded

I was talking tonight to a couple men from church who are thinking about long-term involvement in Haiti. Among other things, I did everything I could to discourage them. That might sound odd coming from me, but the truth is, … Continue reading

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Fimbulwinter at the doorstep

The ancient Norse believed there would one day come a winter solstice when the days wouldn’t start getting longer. This would mark the beginning of Fimbulwinter. As the sun’s light continued to wane, the cold would deepen, and when spring … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Warring Father Figures

Storytime isn’t a one-way experience in our household. Especially with older books like the “Little House” series, it’s necessary at times to stop and talk about the story. We’ll idle ourselves next to Crystal Lake, and we’ll talk about the … Continue reading

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Zipporah at the Inn

Evangeline and I are working our way through the Hebrew Scriptures at night again. At the moment, we’re reading the book of Exodus, that breathtaking account of how God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt and led them out … Continue reading

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Stuff to Take to Haiti with me

Every time the subject of my upcoming trip to Haiti arises, everyone keeps asking me one question, over and over again: If you didn’t make that mess all over the kitchen table, then who did? And after that, they want … Continue reading

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‘Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana’

Just today, I read the second volume of Anne Rice’s trilogy about the life of Christ, titled “The Road to Cana.” I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the earlier volume, but it was still a good read. Like … Continue reading

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Returning to Haiti in a couple weeks

One of the things I really hate is getting an e-mail from someone I haven’t heard from in a long time. Not just any e-mail, mind, but one of those happy-happy, clappy-clappy e-mails in which they write about this wonderful … Continue reading

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Tolerance too far

Many years ago, when I was taking courses at Moravian College to attain public school teacher certification, the question came up of how to respond to racist attitudes that children learn at home and bring to school. “Well, it’s not … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on life and its meaning

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Some modest suggestions for idea-starved movie studios

It quickly is becoming apparent that Hollywood has run out of ideas. Not only are the studios completely out of good ideas, they also are out of bad ones. In addition to the endless procession of movies based on old … Continue reading

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