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Category: disillusion

August 10, 2020
The Grace of Disillusion

In reading a portion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's wonderful book Life Together, I came across this passage. Such a powerful notion, this idea that disillusion may be tool in the hand of the Master, shaping and molding His people and His church. Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from […]

June 19, 2012
Laughter of the Gods

The Ancient Greeks told the story of a man who had lost the ability to laugh. Parmeniscus consulted the oracle on this subject, the Pythian priestess replied to him, "You're asking me, you laugh-less man, about the power to laugh again. Your mother will give it you at home, if you with reverence to her come." So, on this, he hoped that when he returned to his country he should be able to laugh again.

April 27, 2012
The Underestimated God

From my friend Petra at This Good Steward, a link  to an incredible message by Ligon Duncan. For anyone who (like me) has experienced darkness and doubt -- sheer depression and the "why God?!" that billows from an overtaxed soul, there is comfort (and hope!) for you. The Underestimated God : Together for the Gospel […]

March 22, 2012
Savage Pilgimage

DH Lawrence and thousands like him, climbed from the trenches of World War One, slipped off their uniforms, and stepped into civilian life. But the landscape was different now, irrevocably altered. As were they.

August 3, 2011
The Holy Art of Face-setting

A balm for blank despair, for the shamed face covered in the dust of another weary defeat. There is grace for the soul that gasps, “Lord I believe! Please help mine unbelief!” (see Mark 9:24). On days like today I am so grateful for Spurgeon — and others like him — who grasp me by […]

February 4, 2011
Dis-illusion

"The refusal to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering in human life." The tyranny of illusion. Is any of us truly free from it? Intelligent minds shun the notion -- or at least they say they do. But the truth lies at the base of the meteoric rise of entertainment and […]