What does it mean for Christianity to ‘Triumph’? As seen in the photo, this is the title of one of Rodney Stark’s books, The Triumph of Christianity. Actually I’m not taking aim at this historian or even this book. Rodney Stark has had a distinguished career as a sociologist/historian, the last many years at Baylor University… Read More What Does the ‘Triumph’ of Christianity Really Mean?
I found out this week that I need cataract surgery in both eyes. The right eye is very bad, and will be done first in November. Then the left in December. As part of the process today of preparation, they had me watch a video of what the surgery consisted of and how cataracts cloud… Read More Cataract Surgery: A New Quality of Seeing
A Saint who doubts? Perhaps for some of us those are two things that don’t go together. We may think that a Saint, or someone we consider very religious or spiritual, is always confident of the presence of God. Someone who never doubts or questions. Think again. Many of those “closest” to God have actually… Read More A Doubting Saint: Ever Feel Abandoned By God?
Ever noticed when people use phrases like “biggest in history”, “best ever”, “most powerful”? Is it my imagination, or is that more common verbiage in the United States of America? Since I’m from there originally and have done it in some form myself, I feel uniquely qualified to comment. Americans seem to have a need,… Read More Why do Americans use phrases like Best Ever, Biggest in History, etc.?
It has been often taught that the first Universities were in Europe, and particularly so when it comes to “Christian” ones. But this must be re-evaluated when considering that there were several centers of learning in Asia centuries before Oxford, Bologna, Paris and others existed. In my blog post The First Universities were in Asia, not… Read More Nisibis in the 5th Century: First Christian University in History
Last week I was in Denver visiting my brother-in-law at Craig Hospital. Ten weeks ago Dan fell 30 feet in a hiking accident in Hawaii. He continues to recover at Craig, one of the top ten hospitals in the US for brain and spinal injuries. I was very impressed by the level of care given… Read More Redefining Possible: Hope Beyond Hope