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Here is an observation about Jesus. We ought to do this each week – we ought to say something about Jesus. It really is our core work. My observation for this week goes like this : either he was badly misrepresented by his editors, or he had an entirely unrealistic view of human nature. It’s possible that both are true. Read more ›
Humans are distinct from other animals not because we use tools and other animals don’t; sea otters and crows, octopuses and gorillas are just a few of the animals that use tools as well. Neither are we alone in our use of language to communicate; chimpanzees and bonobos and whales and dolphins can all speak to each other using a kind of lexicon. Coyotes and bald eagles are known to mate for life, orangutans and polar bears and cheetahs nurse their young, and elephants are said to have an understanding of mortality – they grieve, just like us. But humans, as far as scientists can tell, are the only animals that have mastered the use of story. Joan Didion wrote in a collection of essays called “The White Album” that, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” For the human species stories are creative, generative. Stories help us process what we see, but stories can also alter our vision, they are that powerful. Read more ›
To begin – this week was a difficult one – my father in law died on Monday – and we held his service here on Friday – I managed to pick up this flu on Thursday – and have spent the weekend staring at my computer – singlehandedly keeping the Kleenex brand afloat trying to prepare for this morning with the best of intentions and the emptiest of heads.
It has also been a difficult week because of the almost bizarre events of the first few weeks of the U.S. president’s term. One of the cartoons making the rounds on FB shows a couple walking down the street and she says to him: “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.” Read more ›