J G Hamann on Language

Poetry is the mother tongue of the human race, as the garden is older than the ploughed field; painting, than writing; song, than declamation; parables, than logical deduction; barter, than commerce. A deeper sleep was the repose of our most distant ancestors, and their movement was a frenzied dance. Seven days they would sit in... Continue Reading →

Lloyd-Jones

[John Bunyan] began to listen to the conversation of three very poor old women who were talking of the things of God, and the things of Christ and the Christian faith. They hadn't been in classes on evangelism, they had never stood up and preached, they were functioning as stones of the Building...What was it?... Continue Reading →

Francis A. Schaeffer

'I am not a Bible-believing Christian in the fullest sense simply by believing the right doctrines, but as I live in practice in this supernatural world.' Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality

Life unfolding…

I'm always thinking about the future. And then, a trigger brings yesteryear to mind. I think we find comfort and solace in thinking about the past, but it's gone. I'm forever doing as Pascal observed: always looking forward or backward and never resting in the present. Why? Since moving to Japan, I have been thrown... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on moving to Tokyo, 1.

Postmodernity is said to be a culture of fragmentary sensations, eclectic nostalgia, disposable simulacra, and promiscuous superficiality, in which the traditionally valued qualities of depth, coherence, meaning, originality, and authenticity are evacuated or dissolved amid the random swirl of empty signals. - Jean Baudrillard   My first trip to Japan left me with a sense... Continue Reading →

No fresh thoughts on Singleness

Some friends of mine recently encouraged me to write some thoughts on my experience of 'singleness'.┬áMuch of what I write may appear cynical, but these are earnest thoughts. It comes from a place of great failure, but also of great joy. The greatest prize is God himself. No person can be more than that and... Continue Reading →

The Birds

At work we've got this birdcage, which from one point of view is fantastic therapy. Looking at the birds is a nice distraction, however it also means someone has to clean up the poo all over the large cage; change the water; food; and provide additional maintenance. It's all a fuss. Anyway, I decided to... Continue Reading →

The Pear Tree

"Theft is punished by thy law, O Lord, and by the law written in men's hearts, which not even ingrained wickedness can erase. For what thief will tolerate another thief stealing from him? Even a rich thief will not tolerate a poor thief who is driven to theft by want. Yet I had a desire... Continue Reading →

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