A knowing innocence

July 31, 2017 (New Orleans): Yesterday, on our 12th wedding anniversary, Amber and I attended Mass at St. Louis' Cathedral, the oldest in North America (1718). It is a beautiful building, and the service was touching. The message was about a sensitive and obedient heart being the essence of the gospel - hearing and responding …

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Naked truth

May 31, 2017 (Tallahassee): Aldous Huxley: "To such [dim] minds Reality, whether material, psychic or spiritual, presents itself as it is darkened, tinged and refracted by the medium of their own individual natures. But in those who are pure in heart and poor in spirit there is no distortion of Reality, because there is no …

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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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What ‘God’ is ‘teaching’ me?

In-groups tend to develop their own language. American Evangelicalism certainly has its share of insider lingo. The organization we worked for, Wycliffe Bible Translators, was non-denominational (not based in any particular branch of Protestantism), but because it was founded by Americans and because the majority of its members are American, American Christian culture is often …

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