One of the Seven Wonders of the Christian world is in Xian, China, the starting point and terminus of the original Silk Road. It is the Nestorian Stele, a 10 foot stone tablet carved in 781 A.D. to commemorate the 150 year history up to that point of the work of the Church of the… Read More The Nestorian Stele of 781 A.D. T’ang China: Our Story in Their Story
I’ve been in Princeton, New Jersey the last few days, giving a lecture at a conference on the history of World Christianity. Yesterday as I walked to the site of the meetings, I came across a yard sign that stopped me in my tracks. It so expressed what I have tried to live by in… Read More No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor!!
This is my first post in 2018, so of course it has resolutions in it. A few weeks ago I wrote on a quote I saw in the Writers Lounge at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. (See Write because you have to) The Oriental was a frequent stopping point for authors and other public figures in… Read More Resolutions for a New Year
Have you ever seen a worried bird? What a strange question. Of course not, you say! I’ve been thinking a lot about this the past few weeks, and soon we go into the new year of 2018. Many worries and fears are out there, and in us perhaps. Sometimes it amazes me all the possible… Read More Have You Ever Seen a Worried Bird?
One of the greatest pains in life is the isolation caused by personal or family struggles that we feel can’t be shared. It is just too shameful, too jarring perhaps from the personal narrative we have carefully constructed and maintained. Then something happens, and the whole edifice begins to collapse, sometimes slowly but often rapidly… Read More Mental Illness and the Courage to be Real
For those living in the United States this week, it has been a surreal experience to observe a continued unfolding tragedy in Puerto Rico (and other islands in the Caribbean as well as Florida and Texas) due to the latest hurricanes while hearing a national discussion on whether professional athletes are showing enough respect for… Read More Seeing A Flawed Nation But Loving It Still
No matter our season of life, there are places within us that are struggling to come to life, while other things are needing to die. This is a process of life, difficult yet so deeply needed. I have recently been drawn to the poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke (1875-1926), born and raised in Prague yet… Read More The Struggle to Grow