“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” Isaiah 52:7Read more "Saturday Scripture – “How Beautiful”"
Sunset over Mountain Creek Lake – I took this photo as I walked out of class one summer evening and was greeted by this breathtaking view! “Beauty is transcendent. It is our most immediate experience of the eternal. Think of what it’s like to behold a gorgeous sunset or the ocean at dawn. Remember […]Read more "Worshipful Wednesday – Transcendent Beauty"
We all have certain “creature comforts” which bring us exquisite peace and relaxation. Mine include closing the cover of a really good book for the last time, holding a steaming mug of fragrant hot tea, and listening to Claude Debussy’s Clair de lune. Debussy was only 25 years old when he composed this piece […]Read more "The Soft Sorrow of Beautiful Things"
“Stop, stop, stop!” my wife shrieked. “You’re going to chop its head off!” Just a minute before this, I had been casually driving my family through a two-hour safari adventure. You know, the kind where wild animals come up to your car window and eat out of your hand? And it had been glorious… until […]Read more "Playing With God (Enjoying the Company of a Playful Creator)"
Mars One, a privately funded Dutch project, plans to send the first group of humans to the Planet Mars in the year 2023. Due to the physiological changes this trip would make to one’s body and the length of time it takes to get there, however, this will be a one-way trip. Right now […]Read more "M: Martian Sunset – How Far Would You Go to See It?"
Heading into young adulthood, I had one goal in life: to grow up and become an astronaut. There is just something so mysterious, so exotic, and so inviting about space travel. Doesn’t every child dream of leaving earth’s orbit at some point? I didn’t just read books about NASA – I devoured them. My […]Read more "H: Head in the Clouds (My Childhood NASA Dream)"
Frozen to the bone on a 45-degree morning this past Saturday, and feeling more than a little foolish in my borrowed spandex riding suit, I was determined to be fearless and make it all the way to the finish line. My goal for the day? To bike 40 miles through the beautiful Texas Hill […]Read more "F: Forty-Mile Flop: Biking Through the Texas Hill Country"
When my wife and I spent the weekend at Niagara Falls a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. I remember being surprised, however, when we got to the falls and found hundreds of people standing in absolute silence. No one said a word – they just stared, spellbound, at the 3,160 […]Read more "Niagara Falls Rainbow: Unending Promise"
What is the most depressing book of the Bible? Most would say Job takes the cake, hands down. Job lives a righteous life, but God still allows Satan to destroy his family, his belongings, and his health with such ferocity that Job wishes he could just die and be done with it. And if that’s […]Read more "Job’s Positive Message: The Creation Motif that Changes Everything"
After another weekend of 15-degree weather and a constant drizzle of “wintry mix,” I feel like I’ve had enough of winter. Spring can show up anytime now, and it would be fine with me! But isn’t it wonderful to know that, without a shadow of a doubt, the seasons will change? In a few short […]Read more "Fleeting Winter: The Beauty of Seasons"