For me, reaching four score and four years evokes a doxological response. Sustained by grace and upheld through radical surgery the past eighteen months have provided sharpened meaning for and grateful savoring of life. Surrounded by proven friendships and cultivating new relationships at our Becketwood Cooperative home enriches life. My mate of three score years, six childrenContinue reading “Celebrating Four score and Four Years”
May 8, 2012 An article in the summer 2012 Washington State University Magazine titled The Atomic Landscape arrested my attention. Discussed is the WWII Manhattan Project and the development of atomic bombs. Hanford Nuclear Reservation in South-Eastern Washington on the Columbia River is where successful atomic fission resulted in building atom bombs. Hanford is in close proximityContinue reading “ATOMIC FISSION : “IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD?””
A recent op ed written by Carl Bogus (Startribune, 11/30/11) arrested my attention. Bogas’ article is titled: “Why all black and white, no gray? For GOP it all starts with Buckley.” The writer suggests the modern conservative movement began 60 years ago when Buckley published “God and Man at Yale” Yale was criticized for two things,
Is there anything unique about Christianity? The incarnation of god’s appearing in human form or religious accounts of return from death are shared by various religious traditions. The respected author, C. S. Lewis when asked what is Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions he replied: “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
October 30, 2011 An influential idea in Western thought is that history has a goal and is puposeful. This idea altered the Greek-Roman notion that history and time revoved in meaningless circles with no ultimate goal. With the fall of the Roman Empire to Germanic invaders in 431 AD Augustine, theologian and philosopher, wrote The City of God. Continue reading “AUGUSTINE’S IMPACT ON WESTERN THOUGHT”
October 26, 2011 Philip Yancey’s book What’s So Amazing About Grace in the chapter Arsenal of Grace quotes Alexander Solshenitsyn: “Only a small crack. . . . but cracks make caves collapse.” Later in this chapter references are made to Lincoln and Martin Luther King as champions of grace and national reconciliation. Interesting is the factContinue reading “LINCOLN AND MLK – HATE VS. FORGIVENESS”
Christian ethics speaks of God as veiled, hidden, and masked in the world. Furthermore Christian ethics speak of God’s “hiddenness” made manifest in human vocation. What is meant by these assertions?
A car parked in the garage near mine has many admonishing decals displayed on the car trunk area. One reads: WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER! My thought: WHAT’S THE QUESTION?
Headline 9/20/2011 in the STARTRIBUNE TWIN CITIES+REGION section: BACHMAN-HAMMOND: JUST THE TICKET FOR OUR TIMES Writer Jon Tevlin observes that both politics as well as religion make strange bedfellows. Rev. Mac Hammond, local televangelist from Living Word Christian Center has joined as an advisor the Bachmann campaign.
September 8, 2011 A secluded and private space at Becketwood Cooperative is Fernwood Glen. Gigantic century old mature oaks shelter a sprawling wild-flower garden greet the eye. Bench provided offers a place for quiet contemplation. Often I visit here to enjoy the opportunity for private musing and thought. Immediately adjoining is the playground of Minnehaha Academy’s lower grade school. Recently atContinue reading “TRAILING CLOUDS OF GLORY DO WE COME”