Introducing Archer Thomas

DSCF3113Three sleepless weeks ago my son Archer Thomas was born. It’s probably for the best that newborns need near-constant care, because there hasn’t been much time to have an existential crisis yet. I still can’t fathom being a dad yet. All I know is that I would do anything for this little guy and that I’m praying everyday that God will make me a better father.

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Today if you hear his voice 

  After years of studying Greek to get a grade it’s so refreshing to simply read the New Testament devotionally. Looking back on it, school often felt like being in the wilderness. It’s a timely word in Hebrews 3:8. 

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Summer Reading List: Station Eleven 

 One of the many pleasures of being done with school ( for now ) is reading literature for fun once again. I took a social media poll as to what the next volume of my summer reading list should be and I was fortunate enough to have Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven recommended to me. The novel follows multiple storylines that take place before and after the collapse of contemporary civilization. Inexplicably, each of the main charecters has some sort of relationship to a famous Canadian actor who dies the night the pandemic begins. At the heart of the story is an exploration of the purpose of human existence. It’s a dark, compelling story with glimmers of hope. The sort of book that will keep you up into the late hours of the night, and invite you to reflect long after you’ve finished it.

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Tulum

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Julie and I spent four days in Tulum , Mexico to get away, reconnect, and relish our last moments before our baby arrives this summer. We were struck by the simple beauty of this Caribbean beach town, the delicious food, and the hospitality of locals. I’ve been to a lot of places, but I’ve never encountered such clear water and, more importantly, fresh ceviche. DSC_0867DSC_0901DSC_0935DSC_0900

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Elizabeth Robar on Attention and Consciousness

“In narrative or literary terms, the skilled writer will carefully regulate his rate of information flow, so the reader will be alert enough to be able to process new information. A reader who is overwhelmed with material loses alertness and becomes incapable of processing more. Too much prominence for the attention incapacitates its ability to function, and nothing more is perceived as prominent.”

-Elizabeth Robar, The Verb and Paragraph in Biblical Hebrew 

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Two Mountains

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In two days.

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Fall Reading List: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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Haruki Murakami has become one of my favorite contemporary authors the last couple of years. Somehow he manages to infuse his dreamy magical realism with the compulsive page turning of a mystery novel. His latest translation in English Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is no exception. I sat down to read the first chapter last evening and discovered sometime around 2 AM I had finished the novel. It was rather sentimental compared to Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but an arresting read none the less.

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