Monthly Archives: September 2022

A River is only a River if there is a Valley

Writing in his 100th year, my friend and mentor James M. Houston reflects on Psalm 1, as he says, “from his hospital bed.” Dear Friends; For generations, God’s people, especially in hardship, turn to the Psalms. At this moment, pandemics, … Continue reading

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It’s like she left…

In the image above it appears that the son is fading from his mother’s memory, or from her ability to recognize him. It is not that she is fading, it is rather that everything around her is. The image seems to … Continue reading

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On Your Heart

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might.  And these words which I command you today shall be on your heart” (Deuteronomy 6:5–6). Richard Chess writes: ”On your heart. Why … Continue reading

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Feel the Desolation

After a Gothic army pillaged Rome in 410 A.D. a widow named Flatonia Proba and other widows fled to Carthage in North Africa where they established a religious community. Proba asked Augustine about prayer for the community. This is partially … Continue reading

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Unsatisfied Desire

As a follow up to her 1983 exhibit “Unsatisfied Desire” in the Paul Andriesse Gallery in Amsterdam, Marlene Dumas provides another art form through which to explore this topic. What caught my attention was her understanding of art not as … Continue reading

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