The Hinterlands

There has always been ocean lore that proclaims rogue, monster waves rising 80, 90, or 100 feet high or more. Of course, these are not eye-witness accounts. Men in wooden ships don’t survive such an encounter. There was the story of the Alaskan Tlingit Indian woman who returned from berry picking to find her entire village disappeared. The debris field evidence on the shoreline indicated that the ocean had risen up and fell upon the village. The wave would have been more than 100 feet high to cause the damage. Experts of the day dismissed stories about such waves because they seemingly violated basic principles of ocean physics. Continue reading

The Next Step

While each of the gospel writers has their own style, pace and priorities – each is a masterful storyteller. Each weaves the accounts and stories into a meta-narrative that reveals something about the person of Jesus and thus is revelatory about the person of God. If your only encounter with the gospels is here on Sunday – while any encounter is a good one – you’re missing the whole of the narrative, missing the ebb and flow. It is like trying to understand the beauty of a quilt by staring into one patch. The one patch is beautiful, the stitching elaborate, but you miss the larger pattern, the greater beauty. Continue reading


Johannes Vermeer has always been one of my favorite artists. Many of the Vermeer paintings are held in private collections and so it is not often that a Vermeer exhibit is available showcasing his works at a single location. The National Gallery of Art was able to hold one in the 1990s that I was able to attend. It was magnificent. The NY Time Weekender has a very interesting piece on the restoration work of some Vermeer paintings and what they are discovering a later hand covered up. Back in May, CNN also had an interesting piece on Vermeer. Continue reading