Sahara

On December 14, 2014, I defended my doctoral dissertation in Leiden, Netherlands. That morning, before going to face the 'opposition' committee, I wrote out some reflections on the perspective I gained while soaring at 35,000 feet over the Sahara Desert. Flying over the Sahara has long held a very special place in my heart. The …

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Timu Forest Academy

I'm not entirely sure what I thought our mission work among the Ik people would do for them. Probably I assumed that if we did X, Y, and Z, God would take care of the details. Providing them a translation of the New Testament in their mother tongue would, I believed, enable them to know …

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Free the captives

September 18, 2014: "Set the captives free" - that's what a good warrior does. The best special ops missions are not assassinations or demolitions but rescue operations. "Set the captives free" - that's what I want to use my life for. I am a warrior. And the war is evolution toward unity in God... I …

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War

An ex-Army Ranger once told me: "You're a wartime general in a peacetime army." I feel less like a general and more like a lower-ranking soldier, but his statement resonates with me. It's true: I feel like a highly-trained commando who did a few tours, got wounded in combat, and is now recovering back at …

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Bibleless Christianity

November 4, 2014: The question of a Bible-less Christianity is bearing down on me this morning. Is it possible? Is it desirable? Is it part of God's long-term plan? For me this issue has to do with the difference between a 'biblical worldview' and a 'cosmic worldview' (as sketched by current theories in physics, biology, …

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5 MB miracle

Part of my job as a linguist in the Ik project in northeast Uganda was to write a scientific description of Ik grammar. In order to cover most important topics, I knew I'd have to write at least 200 pages. In light of this, it occurred to me that I could write the grammar as …

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Elite

Since my teenage years, I've occasionally entertained fantasies of being part of an elite group of one sort or another. These fantasies originated, I think, in an unmet need to be loved and accepted as ordinary. To compensate for this insecurity, I learned to customize various short-lived personae built on being extraordinary, unique, different...special. "If …

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Original sin

One of the core doctrines of Christianity is that of original sin. Supposedly, original sin is a condition all humans have inherited from Adam and Even, the progenitors of our species (whether viewed paleoanthropologically, historically or mythologically). The various branches of Christianity differ on how they interpret the Bible's statements on original sin. Some groups …

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Meaning-making

Have you ever wondered whether the meanings of things are made or found? Or neither. Or both. As is the case with many philosophical dilemmas like this, the choice between the two is a false one hung up on terminology and/or limited perspectives. Resolving this dilemma requires transcending it: moving to a higher plane of …

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