Deeper magic

January 4, 2016 (Timu): John Polkinghorne writes in his book One World: "On this view [that miracles can be likened to a 'phase change' in physics, e.g. the move from ordinary conduction in metals to superconductivity], as in the Fourth Gospel, miracles are seen, not as celestial conjuring tricks, but as signs, insights into a …

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New wineskins

January 2, 2016 (Timu): A couple of nights ago I was praying for G.D. who is having health problems, that by some means he would come to a saving knowledge of God. I forgot exactly what heretical thing I said, but Amber looked up at me in surprise.... But it has stayed with me. The …

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Go down center

January 1, 2016 (Timu): The New Year is upon us. Last night we did something I've wanted to do for a long time - climb up on our roof to stargaze and philosophize. After dark, I took mattresses, pillows, blankets, and hot chocolate up there and then surprised Amber and the girls with what we …

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Sacred sensation

***WARNING*** This post contains sexual themes some may find uncomfortable. December 28, 2015 (Timu): Since reading Sardello's book on Silence, I've been trying out some meditation techniques. Three days ago, I was out on a large rock for my morning quiet time. I closed my eyes and focused my attention on the enveloping silence. I …

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(Dis)obedience

November 29, 2015 (Kampala): Yesterday morning we stuck around the Baptist Mission and didn't do much. Then we went to Little Donkey for lunch. From there I walked to Kololo Airstrip to see Pope Francis for my 'spiritual pilgrimage' into Kampala. As it turned out, I did get to see the Pope, but a couple …

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Big Man

November 27, 2015: Can I really describe the craziness of this week? On Monday, the CNN crew came back to our home to video me working with the Ik guys on the dictionary. Just as their vehicle crested the hill, a helicopter camera drone appeared over our heads. It descended to about fifty feet and …

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Seeing beauty

A quote from Josef Pieper on our response to beauty: The highest intensification of life, the absolutely perfect activity, the final stilling of all volition, and the partaking of the utmost fullness that life can offer takes place as a kind of seeing; more precisely, that all this is achieved in seeing awareness of the …

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Quaternity of kisses

October 22, 2015: And now more from James Schall on The Order of Things: "The order of stable relationships within the Godhead is at the origin of what the world and our lives are about...[and] lies behind all other order." "The trinitarian life of God is reflected in what is not God on the vastest …

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The present day

October 15, 2015 (Timu, northeast Uganda): Yesterday, as I was walking up the hill from my quiet time, I said out loud: "I never know what the present day may bring." Even as I said that, I expected a more or less mundane day. That, however, was not to be. About mid-morning, an NGO [non-governmental …

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