The Reminder Is the Easy Part

There is a basic truth in the first seven verses of The Book of Proverbs. The passage begins with three things for us to do: to know, to understand, and to receive. The middle of the passage prescribes that even the wise increase in learning, while those who...

Consciousness Is A Weird Thing

Indulge me two paragraphs, one philosophical and one personal, and I will do my best to encourage your regard for others. Consciousness is a weird thing. Weirdness 1: The privileged access I have to my own consciousness. What I think is what I think I think, and...

Regardless of the Raven

I left the Metroplex one Friday morning early for what had become an almost annual ascent to the seeing and skiing of Colorado—this one with my son-in-law and oldest granddaughter. Just north of Santa Fe we stopped for gas and to pick up sandwiches for the road. With...

How Easy It Is Not To Notice

With the holidays I had the rare opportunity to set up my telescope at an overlook not far from my house to try for a picture of the waning moon as it set mid-day. Still gibbous, the moon is easy to observe during broad daylight. However, as it approaches the horizon,...

Dangerous, Beautiful Creatures

Raptors captivate me. Growing up, if I did see one, it was cruising what seemed like a mile high, and might as well have been a turkey vulture. I don’t know what started to change in my mid-twenties—that is, whether it was the raptor population which bloomed or my...

I Was Wrong About Formal Education

In the late 1980s I quit my Master of Divinity program partially because of the seminary’s intolerance of conservative views and partially because I didn’t believe I really needed it. In church, I had already been pastoring in a full-time context for a couple of...