Review: The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy Keller My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am so grateful for this, the best devotional I have read in the last 30 years. The approach of the Kellers is refreshingly practical, very devotional. It illustrates what it means to “preach […]

Review: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations My rating: 1 of 5 stars Of course, this is a classic now and many people refer to this document when they identify human rights violations. It is a “must read.” But there are some troubling aspects to this document, especially because it is so widely referenced. […]

Review: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations My rating: 1 of 5 stars Of course, this is a classic now and many people refer to this document when they identify human rights violations. It is a “must read.” But there are some troubling aspects to this document, especially because it is so widely referenced. […]

A Tale of Two Philosophies: Objectivism and Christianity

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It’s a rather tired reference to a novel by Charles Dickens, but… …it also describes theme of The Soul of Atlas by Mark David Henderson. Like with many philosophies, there is a lot to learn from how a person handles “the big three”: Money, Sex, and Power. John and Dad view money differently. They might […]

What is the Soul of Atlas?

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While intellectually stimulating and a compelling story, The Soul of Atlas is also deeply personal. The author, Mark David Henderson, uses his own life to show how the conflict and the convergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and Gospel Christianity were unavoidable. These world views came to him through the lives of the his two fathers. […]

Engage in Productive Dialogue; Tough Questions in Context

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How should we engage in productive dialogue and embrace tough questions? Parties with opposing viewpoints on the issues should not be afraid of–rather each should embrace–the tough questions. Of course, each party must demonstrate understanding of the other so that they ask the right questions, rather than merely antagonizing. When it comes to questions of […]

Barriers to Achieving Great Strides, Faith and Reason

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In the past few generations of American society, these two, very distinctive world views have stood as paragons for Faith and Reason themselves. Faith and Reason repeatedly fall prey to our inclination to avert complexity. They can be cartoonishly foisted against one another in simplistic bifurcation. In the twenty-first century, the term “New Atheists” has […]

Can you tell the difference between God-centeredness and Other-centeredness?

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Is there a difference between focusing one’s life on God and focusing one’s life on others? It seems like they are synonymous. Look at Mother Teresa. She represented a godly life through her focus on the needs of others. At Brown University, I studied the Middle Ages. Amidst the violence and disease that caused me […]

Spiritual, but not Religious?

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Ayn Rand applauded a culture in which the interests and desires of the individual take precedence over those of the family, group, or community. Frequently, I hear “I am spiritual, but not religious” or “I like Jesus, but not Christianity.” I applaud the courage and honesty of people who have had bad experiences with churches, […]

journey of the word

A blog about a journey. In some ways unique and in other ways, common to everyone. Lydia Borengasser asks questions of herself and of others, exhorting and warning as she experiences God’s Word and shares her reflections.

journey of the word * Romans 15:4