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Intimations of Mortality

Originally published August 13, 2010.

William Wordsworth’s most famous work is Ode: Intimations of Immortality From Reflections of Early Childhood.” It is one of my favorite poems, exploring the lost pleasures of childhood that Wordsworth believes are hints of the immortality we left behind:

It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

And again,

Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

Setting aside theological mysteries and controversies for another day, what has preoccupied me for that last month and a half has not been immortality, past or future, but increasing intimations of mortality:  My own,as I have experienced an unusual and thought provoking spell of genuine illness, something unusual for me; but also increasing intimations of mortality in the world in which we live, highlighted by the Gulf oil spill but buttressed by a host of other events. Continue reading

Discovering John Stott’s Special Place

hooksesMy wife Susanna and I recently returned from a four week working trip to the UK. (See my last post). One of the highlights of that visit was a week in Wales staying, just the two of us, at the Hookses,  an old farmhouse and outbuildings purchased by John Stott in 1954.  This was his personal retreat – he wrote all but the last of his books here – and is now a small retreat center. Our stay was a profound experience for me… Continue reading

Moon Memories Move Emotion, Climate Action

I cried in Washington, D.C.

It happened in a narrow opening of time, an eye of the storm between flying in to Reagan International Airport the day before and sitting down for the first Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2014 Conference session that Sunday, June 22 afternoon. I took a morning stroll to find some

Washington National Cathedral, home of the stained glass “Space Window” with embedded lunar rock and site of Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 2012 memorial service.
Washington National Cathedral, home of the stained glass “Space Window” with embedded lunar rock and site of Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 2012 memorial service.

spiritual grounding within the architectural and liturgical beauty of the renowned Washington National Cathedral. Strikingly, I found it most profoundly not in the 11 am worship service on the spacious main floor. I found it more in the 1 pm docent led tour discussing the stained glass “Space Window”.

The docent explained the Space Window had been dedicated in 1974 on the fifth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In it was sealed a seven gram rock sample from the Sea of Tranquility presented by Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon,
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A Tale of Two Speeches , Two Video Clips, and Two Missions

Lowell Bliss’ monthly post.

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Tuesday, September 23 was an important day that featured a significant speech by President Obama. Ban Ki-moon had scheduled a one day U.N. Climate Summit as a way to invigorate stalled international negotiations on the reduction of carbon emissions and the expansion of adaptation efforts. President Obama was one of 120 government leaders to attend. Like the other heads of state, he was given a few minutes to address the gathering and by extension, the peoples of the world. Upwards to 400,000 of those people—including many evangelical Christians—had participated in the People’s Climate March two days earlier on the streets of New York City. What answer would Obama and the other world leaders give them?  Continue reading

Farming God’s Way: A picture’s worth a lot of words…

Originally published October 17, 2011.  Care of Creation Kenya continues to collect data on their farming demonstration plots, and after 3.5 years, 27 trials with 5 different crops, they have found Farming God’s Way plots are 250% more productive than adjacent control plots.  Now that’s awesome!

Farming God’s Way is part of Care of Creation’s program in Kenya.  Essentially conservation no-till farming wrapped in a strong envelope of biblical teaching, the program consistently produces yields many times that produced with conventional farming techniques, even in – or better, especially in drought years like the one we’re in now, along with farmers who have a strong biblical framework for their farming work.  440% increased yield is nothing to sneeze at… but enough words!  Here’s a picture just received from Craig Sorley with his comments below:

From Craig:

Attached is a photo from the creation stewardship and farming God’s way workshop we held for 3 days last week with 30 farmers from Mai Mahiu and Ndeiya.  We harvested our onion crop with them.  The control plot produced 17.3kg of onions (as seen on the left of the photo) and the FGW plot produced 76.9 kg (as seen on the right).  The FGW plot produced 4.4 times greater yield!!!

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What Moves Us To Action?

PHOTO: REUTERS /PETER MORGAN. Click for source.

Thirteen years ago, the events of September 11th, 2001, now simply known as 9/11, took us by surprise.  Over 3,000 people lost their lives, including more than 400 firefighters and police officers.  Estimates of damage in New York City topped $10 billion.  Out of tragedy, we united as a nation and came together as never before.  If you’re old enough, I’m sure you remember the surge of patriotism.  We took swift action, doing our very best to ensure that terrorists would never again attack us.  We taught our children and worked hard to ensure that the next generation would not be doomed to see history repeat itself for lack of wisdom. Continue reading