Author Archives: Chris

Traces

For the last ten years, the rover Opportunity has been exploring the surface of Mars, or at least a few miles of it. It has sent back thousands of images like the one above. The rover leaves tracks as it … Continue reading

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Our Greatest Gift

Here are a few quotes from Henri Nouwen’s excellent book Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring. The inner life is always a life for others. Once we have come to the deep inner knowledge–a knowledge of the … Continue reading

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Sermon on Joy

What brings you joy? What makes you joyful? Sunlight brings us joy, especially in January. Playing with a child or grandchild can bring joy. When your team wins the big game, it brings you joy. “What brings me joy?” is … Continue reading

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Swimming Mnemonic

I’ve been swimming a lot lately. With winter weather and icy sidewalks, exercise outdoors is harder. Today I swam 1500 yards. I keep track of laps in sets of ten, using a mnemonic. It’s easier to remember a picture rather … Continue reading

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Exile and Homecoming

Here is a lovely essay on exile and homecoming. First, exile: When we make our home in exile, we don’t pretend it isn’t exile. We love our enemies, but we recognize that they are enemies. They might become our friends, … Continue reading

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John Azumah on Islam

Here is an article on the relation between Islam and extremist violence by Muslims. The author is John Azumah, a Presbyterian from Ghana and professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He identifies two common … Continue reading

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Randomness

I’ve been thinking about this article from The New York Times on the origins of cancer: It may sound flippant to say that many cases of cancer are caused by bad luck, but that is what two scientists suggested in an … Continue reading

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