At one point in my life I considered going to medical school. I decided against it for a number of reasons. One reason was the work environment. You work amongst the sick, and depending upon your field of medicine, the dying. I didn’t think I had what it takes (I still don’t think so). Something […]Read more "Lord, Have Mercy"
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son […]Read more "Lording vs. Leading"
I’m reading a book by J.P. Moreland on the role of the mind in Christian education. This book is not hot off the press. It was originally published in 1997, almost twenty years ago. I want to share a lengthy quote from his work. He’s writing about a troubled culture. He writes: “As we approach […]Read more "That Was 1997!"
In a men’s group recently, this question was asked: “What is a sound mind?” This question comes from Paul’s letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:7). I don’t know why, but I cannot shake this question. Maybe this is because the books I’ve read recently have posed a similar question, albeit in different words. Christians, through […]Read more "What is a “Sound Mind”?"
Yesterday, my son and I had plans to visit my sister. We arrived early and decided to go for a walk while we waited for her to arrive. My sister lives in our grandparents’ old home, meaning I’ve visited that home and neighborhood for multiple decades. Yet, I saw the neighborhood again with fresh eyes […]Read more "A Nice Day for a Walk"
It’s been a good long while since my last post. This new school year brought about new responsibilities at school, and these new responsibilities have been their own “graduate” education. The things I’ve learned could not have been prepared for as the subject matter has principally been people, their stories, their contexts and struggles. What […]Read more "Education and Opthamology"
Victor Frankl was a psychologist who experienced the horrors of Nazi concentration camps during the second World War. His previous education in psychology and then experience of human suffering and search for meaning lead him to write his brilliant Man’s Search for Meaning. His description of “logotherapy” is rather intriguing, but his description of concentration camp […]Read more "The existential vacuum: The hard work of ministry"