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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The Johannine equation

September 16, 2016 (Kampala): The last couple of days I've been reading a lot about the λóγος from articles I've downloaded from the internet. A picture is forming in my mind. It looks like the usage of λóγος in John's prologue is not immediately clarified by looking at the normal, non-philosophical uses of the root …

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Body of God

July 19, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Sallie McFague's book The Body of God: An Ecological Theology...It's an amazing book; I keep asking myself why I waited so long to read it! She is presenting an 'organic' model of God-in-the-World, a theological cosmology that centers on bodies and embodiment. She's preaching to the choir as …

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The Listener

January 27, 2016 (Timu): Yesterday was quite a day. My dictionary guys came, and we had a good session. I got some lovely new words: technical, culturally highly significant, and likely very ancient. For example, /b'ej'ékù-/, 'white ants that fly late in the season', or /wàsò-/, 'the stick that's bent over as the spring in …

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In quantum love

January 21, 2016 (Kampala): Last night we had dinner at Cafe Roma's with G and her friend B. At one point, B was telling us about the Christian books she and G read together. Then she self-consciously and insecurely made the caveat that even though these books aren't 'Bible studies', they are still 'based on …

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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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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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Grammar of God

September 14, 2015: For a long time, I've had a nagging sense that we, as a human race, don't really know who we are, where we came from, or where we're going. That is not to say there aren't standard answers to these questions - there are, many of them. But to me they seem …

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African maiden

December 24, 2014, in Uganda: Over the last week, I've dreamed about N at least 4-5 times. N is the Kiroba (Tanzanian) girl I had a major crush on from 1996-1997. I wonder if my dreams are merely the archetypal fantasies of union with the Cosmic Feminine, of which my feelings for N were my …

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