Scripture Aesthetics: Samson and Delilah

Bible newbies might assume that the tale of Samson and Delilah is an edgy romance, ready to plug and play for Valentine's Day. The actual story (Judges 16) reads much closer to a classical tragedy in which political intrigue runs rampant, the very flawed hero falls, all hope is lost, and then everybody dies. Prostitution.... Continue Reading →

Scripture Aesthetics: The Garden

The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity’. The child enjoys his cold meat (otherwise dull to him) by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the... Continue Reading →

Hoist the Colors

There's a soft spot in my heart for Captain Jack Sparrow. Not because of his cheeky spirit or swashbuckling guyliner, but because he's who I am without Jesus. A friend says God's people have always behaved more like pirates than children. We invent ways to destroy, to rebel, to plunder, to make of this beautiful... Continue Reading →

The Naming

Your fingers hold tight to the pebble you picked up in the most important moment of the life you just left. They say you can't take anything with you, but no one ever seems to remember the rock. Bubbling with excitement, you scan the crowd and take it all in—you'd never imagined so many different... Continue Reading →

Scripture Aesthetics: Ruth

If you've never experienced the short book of Ruth, it's definitely worth a read. These four chapters folded into the Old Testament showcase the goodness of God in an earthy, glorious way that almost overwhelms the senses. Romance, intrigue, grief, faithfulness, and fearless determination wind themselves together, bound up tight with the scarlet thread of... Continue Reading →

A Winter Lullaby

Hush now, soul; you've worked so longGo soft into the lightYour Father makes you safe and strongRelease your need to fight The snow is falling gently nowIn blankets all aroundYour world will yawn and whisper howIt longs to settle down Broad clouds are strewn high up aboveA canopy dark greyGauzy, woolly, thick with loveStitched loose... Continue Reading →

When the Rain Starts

"I don't like you anymore!" Can you hear it? My heart breaking? The outcry against this sucker punch to the soul? After being cast out of Eden due to our own rebel rhythm, we were plunged feet-first into brokenness. It taints everything, and it's impossible to escape life unscathed. We've all been wounded. We all... Continue Reading →

See You in the Funny Papers

Have you ever laughed so hard you snorted milk out of your nose? Or peed a little? You know the laugh I'm talking about. Not the pretty one that's totally acceptable for social interactions. The belly laugh you have zero control over. The one people join in laughing at because it's so funny. The unique... Continue Reading →

Gentle Re-membering

Journals and I have always had a thing going on. My earliest entry is scribbled in a hardback teddy bear volume with the following message marking the inside front cover: Boys. Parents. Brothers. More boys. Homework. Pets. Boys. Thus begins a lifelong saga of documented hardships. I hope you can sense the eye rolling from... Continue Reading →

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