Step Outside

“Late last month the Boundary Waters was named a dark sky sanctuary by the International Dark Sky Association, a nonprofit that works around the world to reduce light pollution and protect night skies. It’s one of just 13 such designations in the world.  To qualify, a place has to have exceptional starry nights, and a “nocturnal environment…

Not All Roads Lead Home

  In truth, all through the haunted forest there could be nothing more frightful than the figure of Goodman Brown. Beside the Technicolor fantasy of a quartet of characters leaving their homes and going into a foreboding forest to gain what they think they are lacking from a wizard (see my previous post), there is…

What Risk is This?

  “The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”  Genesis 12:1 “Some time later God tested Abraham, He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love…

What is Faith?

“Let all things be done decently and in order” I Corinthians 14:40   The above verse was repeated so often by my father that it became a joking family rejoinder to whatever was askew at the moment. My Dutch grandparents epitomized the verse. Their tiny two-bedroom bungalow in Bellwood, Illinois was immaculate. The bungalow’s smaller…

Kingdom Continuum

  “…how constant, how divine, this song of ours will rise…” -David Crowder’s “O Praise Him”   The Anglican church I attend will be celebrating one-hundred and fifty years of Kingdom Life in 2018. Preparations are being made by the rectors and vestry to tell the narrative of this faith community. A cloud of witnesses…