Beauty


Stuck

Don’t get stuck in the rut of seeing the forest from (the perspective of) the trees. If you get close enough to any tree you will see blemishes, imperfections, and problems. Stand back and see the trees from (the perspective of) the forest and watch your worries decrease and your joy grow. When you see beauty as a whole or …Continue reading →

footstool

Two years have passed and life has just begun. You see what lies hidden when everyone else is done. The earth is your footstool. You watch from across a sea of stars as the day waves from afar and the moon drinks its warm cup of incandescent light. The earth is your footstool. One more day is all you need …Continue reading →

Tire Swing

Lips of mine look to the north      and sail away. You will find a suitable home      with her to stay. There you will savor      the sweetest wine,      the most delicious jams,      and exotic fruit. I pray you don’t miss what you don’t already know–         the hearty feel                     of a conversational meal and …Continue reading →

Carmel and Its Charm

On a recent trip with my wife to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, we got to experience most of what makes this town so charming. Besides being known for its celebrity-influenced politics–Clint Eastwood as former mayor and Doris Day as animal welfare activist–Carmel is world famous for its European-style architecture. Below are some personal pics of our short but inspirational trip for your …Continue reading →

Colors on Canvas

The effects of the wind speak loudly of the wind’s existence, intelligence, and power. Carving paths on the side of mountains, stirring seas, sweeping roadways, strengthening elaborate root systems, and even feeding fires, the wind is everywhere, touching everything, but taking credit for nothing just as a brush in the painter’s hand fails to take credit for colors on canvas.

Theological Happiness

I am sharing with you what is now Chapter 7 of my book Biblical Ethics. This happens to be my favorite chapter because it’s chock-full of vivid explanations of God’s emotional life and flourishing. It’s also a topic that is not talked about much from the pulpit, which I believe needs to be discussed in order to make sense of …Continue reading →

A Purring Kitten

I watch you curled up on my lap like a purring kitten. Your ear–a pink nautilus shell, an ocean of internal wonder, a finely-tuned miracle–receives a range of auditory frequencies, including the soft whisper of my voice calling your name as you sleep. The ambient sound of spontaneous cooing does not ask your permission. Colorful waves of light for your …Continue reading →

“So Will I (100 Billion X)” Lyric and Commentary

Hillsong United has come out with a relatively new song (2017), entitled “So Will I (100 Billion X).” Its songwriters are Joel Houston, Benjamin Hastings, and Michael Fatkin. I am personally a big fan of the song, particularly its melody and lyric. Click here to listen to it for yourself on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLURTvUQoTM VERSE 1 God of creation there at the …Continue reading →

Quantum Particles of Irresistible Grace

O detached string of causal necessity give form back its feeling by the imprint of Light’s touch. Your quantum particles of irresistible grace fill vibrating vessels of visible vicissitudes. Are you for real? Or just a figment of my imagination? Or part of my collective unconscious, if there is such a thing? How can I prove Your existence? Solipsists say …Continue reading →

The space between your lips–

HOW I FELT about you, Sari, after we kissed for the first time:   The space between your lips— The foam of a Norwegian waterfall on my face.   The space between your lips— An eternity of curiosity and pleasure.   The space between your lips— A thesaurus of naked truth.   The space between your lips— The Tigris and …Continue reading →

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