Self-rising dough

Life and love are like self-rising dough. They contain within them the germ of what they can become, yet whether they can become that depends on the containers that hold them. Little children are preeminent embodiments of life and love, so the same can be said of them: children come into this world already possessing …

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Peanut-butter & jelly

February 25, 2017 (Nairobi): A long time ago, people used to eat peanut-butter sandwiches, which, albeit dry, fed them well enough. Then a man was born who started putting jelly on the sandwich. Jelly was really good, and others were attracted to his new sandwiches, but some others killed him because he threatened the stranglehold …

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Divine lure

February 24, 2017 (Nairobi, Kenya): I am the accursed one. Yesterday I wondered why I lost faith in the Bible while [a Wycliffe colleague of ours] did not. Perhaps it was because he remained embedded in a loving Christian community, while I did not. The spirit of love - syntropy - has the power to …

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Hell and the Devil

"Good is good only because there is evil, and God is God because there is a devil." - Paul Carus February 14, 2017 (Nairobi): On our taxi ride to church, the girls were asking about people going to Hell. I realized I don't know what I believe about hell and consequently don't know what to …

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Ever-present origin

"If we...employ the words in a manner that manifests their integrity, they will at least lend the luster of their wholeness to the phenomena they denote." - Jean Gebser Back in early 2017, I was working on a paper about Ik etymology called "Metathesis in the making of Ik etyma." I was super proud of …

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Human hypercluster

"Human beings, as other organisms at higher rungs of biological evolution, are hyperclusters of wave interference patterns, oscillating across a broad range of frequencies." - Ervin Laszlo January 26, 2017 (Nairobi): In December I read a mind-blowing book by Ervin Laszlo (and others) called What is Reality?: The New Map of Cosmos, Consciousness, and Existence. …

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Heraclitus

December 29, 2016 (Nairobi, Kenya): I started reading Dennis Sweet's translation and analysis of Heraclitus. Heraclitus is the beginning for me; he is the originator of the philosophical usage of the term λóγος, and for that reason, I must start with him. First, a taste of Heraclitus's actual writings: "Of this eternally existing logos people …

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Crack the code

December 23, 2016 (Kampala): Essentially, what I want to do is 'crack the code' of the cosmos. Although I have no doubt that there is a quantitative correlate to the code, what I am after is the qualitative. Since I am not a mathematical thinker, I shall approach the problem as a grammatical thinker. I …

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Shame

December 21, 2016 (Kampala): SHAME: Up till recently, I wouldn't have thought I had a 'shame core'. I thought my self-esteem was better than that, or that my deepest angst is repressed anger, not shame. But a recent experience, and remembering one from two years ago, is changing my mind. I do know shame at …

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Red tape fury

October 30, 2016 (Kampala): Stephen Buehner writes in his book Ensouling Language how good writers need to know what makes them furious in this world and use that power in their writing. Over the course of this week I've realized one of mine: I am infuriated that something as good and pleasurable as human sexuality …

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