LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the elven “Lady of Light” Galadriel presents Frodo with a crystal phial containing the light of Eärendil’s star. “It will shine brighter when night is about you,” she promises; and sure enough, over the course... Read More »

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

THE WORLD’S BEST PICTURE

The other night I watched a fascinating documentary about the famous fresco The Resurrection, by Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463 in Tuscany, Italy. Jesus is in the center of the composition, portrayed at the moment of His resurre... Read More »

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

It could be said that there are many types of heroism. First, the everyday heroic acts that are performed by unsung heroes that step in to save the day in ways that we infrequently hear of. Second, the famous heroes we admire—pioneers in me... Read More »

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

TRIBUTE TO A BUTTERFLY

Andja was born in 1962 in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When war broke out in the 1990s, Andja’s family fled as refugees to Vojnic, a small town in Croatia. Her husband was mentally scarred from the atrocities o... Read More »

THE WINNER

THE WINNER

I was watching some small children play soccer (football). They were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real and serious game. There were two uniformed teams, coaches, and a small crowd of parents watching from the sideline... Read More »

SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH

As Christians, one of the things we strive for is to be agents of change in the lives of others and ultimately in society. That can mean making waves or going against the flow. Not everything Christians do and value will always be in harmon... Read More »

ACHIEVING GREATNESS

ACHIEVING GREATNESS

You may not feel great or as if you have hero-like qualities of your own; even the apostle Paul lamented, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Yet God can make more of us than we are, if we avail ourselves of t... Read More »

AVALANCHE!

AVALANCHE!

Victor was a carabinero, or police officer, stationed at the remote Chilean customs compound known as Los Libertadores, high in the Andes on the border with Argentina. Since Victor had received special training in mountain rescue work, he w... Read More »

MY HEROES, WARTS AND ALL

MY HEROES, WARTS AND ALL

One thing that seems to be unique to the Bible is how the “heroes of faith”—with the exception of Jesus, of course—were far from perfect men and women. As the saying goes, they were portrayed “warts and all.” I love history, and if you read... Read More »

3 CUPS OF TEA

3 CUPS OF TEA

Right after graduating from high school, two friends and I decided to travel around the western Mediterranean. It was 1969, and the streets of Europe were filled with young people roaming and searching for meaning in their lives. We took a ... Read More »

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