A to Z with C. S. Lewis: C is for Courage

Christian theology makes a vital distinction between special and general revelation. Special revelation refers to those moments when God has communicated directly with the creatures he made. For Christians these moments include the inspiring of the Old and New Testament, the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses, the various theophanies when God manifested his presence on earth (the burning bush, Jacob’s ladder, the one “like a son of God” who stood beside Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, etc.), and, supremely, in the incarnation of Christ.

General revelation, in contrast, refers to those moments in which God has made his presence known in less direct ways. Continue reading

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My Favorite Russians


This week I teach Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a wild ride of a novel that gets you into the head of a murderer.  It is heavy stuff, hard to read, and not because of the sentences.  You feel like you are on a roller coaster, in the mind of someone who might be a sociopath, or a political malcontent, or just a guy who is so crushed by poverty that he doesn’t really know what he is doing.

Except when he does. Continue reading

How to Get a Cow to Cross a Bridge in the Himalayas

As they say, “you can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”.  Previously, I wrote to you about The Long Road to Rodeo with my steer Sebastian.  Let me now share an intercultural cow story.

In the early 1990’s my husband and I traveled in Nepal for six weeks.  While we spent a lot of time in Kathmandu and Pokhra seeing all of the sights, we were young and ready to hike in the Himalayas. Continue reading


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