I have always liked a mystery. In my reading that has led me to enjoy Dorothy L. Sayers’ “Lord Peter Wimsey” novels and Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” series. I blush to confess the vast number of hours I used to spend watching the various incarnations of Law and Order. Love of mystery also shapes my […]
Quick quiz — or maybe it’s a riddle: What makes you patient when things go against you? thankful when things go well? and confident as you face all the unknowns of the future? Or maybe I should switch it around and make it a survey — something they could have used on the old game […]
Taking Things Personally
“Hey, don’t take it personally!” they say, when they do something that causes us pain. “Hey, it’s not about you!” they say, when we take it personally anyway. For the Heidelberg Catechism, the Christian faith is all personal. In a sense, Heidelberg says “Yes, it really is all about you.” Not in a self-centered way. […]
Meat and Potatoes for the Soul?
“Do I really need to pray?” I’ve heard the question often enough. It is easy to get stuck in puzzles and paradoxes on the topic, even if we know in our hearts and our guts that we need to pray: If God knows what I need, and loves me too, why do I need to […]
Providence at O’Hare
This week I found myself with first-world problems: a Monday evening flight was cancelled on account of snow. All the Tuesday flights were cancelled as well. The mercy of a gate agent led to a discount voucher for two nights at a hotel. Two nights and one full day cooped up in a hotel. Did I […]