The past few weeks have been witness to the loss of some giants of the faith in my life. We lost another one recently. I don’t know exactly when, but I just heard yesterday that one of my true heroes, Dwight Palmquist, passed away from brain cancer. He died in the Philippines, the country he loved.Continue reading “The loss of heroes in the time of coronavirus”
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.” — Thomas Merton
This is an excellent piece on Francis Collins. He lays out the numbers on infectious disease. Online most social media “experts” sitting in their living rooms, Collins is the scientist who worked on cracking the human genome. You might want to pay attention.Continue reading “Social distancing in the time of coronavirus”
I grew up Pentecostal. When I was just starting into ministry I was introduced to the work of Edith Blumhofer and enjoyed her work on Assemblies of God history.
Years later I was able to meet Vinson Synan a couple of times. He was another great historian and was a bridge from eyewitnesses of the Azusa Street Revival to the current time.
Both of these great voices of Pentecostal history have passed away recently. I am thankful their work lives on.
Some of his sayings:
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
One of the first “contemporary Christian groups” I listened to when I was young was The Imperials. When I started listening their lead singer was Russ Taff. Not long after that, Taff went solo and had some great songs and albums.
I never knew what happened after that, but this documentary on his life fills in the rest of the story. It’s on Amazon Prime now, if you subscribe. It is a heart wrenching story of early abuse that then grows into his own personal addictions. In all of it is the grace of God, the strength of a family, and the beauty of the Body of Christ.
It is so easy to pick on immigrants from a majority white congressional district. It is so easy to blame “the other” when you’ve never sat down with someone “in opposition” to you and had an actual conversation. These are the challenges… and too often we are not up to these challenges. (And social media makes it SO much easier to stay in opposition without getting to know someone else of a different status or opinion.) What we don’t know, or WHO we don’t know, we fear. Then, we create hyped up scenarios to then generate hyped up solutions.Continue reading “We fear what we don’t know”