Cultivating perfection

September 3, 2016 (Kampala): It's been a year since I've even thought about starting a school in Ikland. But for some reason on this morning, after waking up miserably at 5:00, the vision came back to me. It was sparked by what I read from David Fideler this morning, that "humanity has a special role …

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The seed itself

August 20, 2016 (Kampala): I just finished reading Out of the Silent Planet, the first in C.S. Lewis's space trilogy. I think the main point he's driving at in the book is that the spirit world is real and alive, in some ways more real than the material world. With its vivid sensory description of …

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Cap on the geyser

August 19, 2016 (Kampala): It's Friday: a sort of d-day for our family, the last day we could conceivably go to the embassy to pick up our visas that would allow us all to travel in time for me to be at FSU by Tuesday morning. Last night, before bed, Amber and I watched the …

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Choosing the unchosen

August 18, 2016 (Kampala): Yesterday I was paralyzed by our ambiguity. I spent much of the day just working in the kitchen and watching TV documentaries. But toward late afternoon, I detected a subtle shift within me. I began to operate as if attending FSU this fall is out of the question and we are …

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Life is absurd

August 16, 2016 (Kampala): At church on Sunday, we had as a guest speaker the American Bob Kilpatrick, author of the song "In my life, Lord, be glorifed." He wove short admonitions between various songs he led us in. One thing he reminded us of was that 'life is absurd.' I think I interpret that …

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Linguistic cosmology

August 11, 2016 (Kampala): Let me try to express - at this moment just prior to our departure from East Africa - what I now envision as the next permutation of the my life's work: Ultimately, I want to help, to do my unique part in 'building the Kingdom of God', 'bringing heaven to earth' …

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Adventure of ideas

August 9, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge by Karl Popper. I'm having a hard time blending it with Kuhn and integrating it into my own worldview...but it's really good... Here are some of my favorite excerpts: "The simple truth is that truth is often hard to come …

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Faith in the future

August 6, 2016 (Kampala): I finished reading Thomas Kuhn's famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions...parts of which I had read ten years ago in Dallas. This go-around, I mostly read it in terms of the 'revolution' I see myself as being a part of. For a few hundred years, non-Catholic Christianity has been doing …

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A hidden rage

August 1, 2016 (Kampala): August: this will be a highly significant month for us, one way or another. Either we'll make it back to Tallahassee after a whirlwind of frenetic activity, or we will be stuck here scratching our proverbial heads. I'm ringing in the New Month with my first Thomas Berry book, The Great …

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Heaven on earth

July 29, 2016 (Kampala): A thought keeps coming back to me - that the Cosmos already contains the raw materials needed for 'Heaven'. The religious conception of heaven never appealed to me. Golden streets and perpetual hymn-singing? No thanks. What does appeal to me, however, is everything about this world, this planet, this life...without the obvious downsides …

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