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People I Follow

Listed in the side bar (sounds like something from the OJ trial (have I dated myself?)) are a number of links to a number of websites, most of which are blogs.

I try to check into each one everyday, but not all of them have new material everyday. No one is as bad as I am about posting, but then I don’t always have something to try to say (can’t say that I have ever said anything because I am not as good a communicator as those I follow.

I only list those sites that I recommend to others.  However, out of these there are a few that deserve special attention. And I conveniently group them in to categories Blogroll, Poetry and the Arts, Theological Resources, and Theology. Not all sites are Christian.


Sarah Moon: Christian Skeptic, this young lady is intelligent, articulate, and very talented. It won’t be long and the world will know who she is. Sarah writes on a variety of topics, not the least of which is abuse in relationships, self-abuse, doubt in faith, etc. Please visit her site and read several posts, you’ll be hooked.

The Lazy Skeptic, Another in a similar vein to Sarah Moon. Lots of questioning, which I admire.

Mike Friesen’s Blog Mike is articulate, Anabaptist, peace promoting, questioning. You will be enriched.

Glass Dimly Is a blog that is concerned with the Christian response to oppression and injustice in the world.

Jaime The VWM Witty, oft irreverent, down to earth commenting that really needs to be said.

Rachel Evans  What can I say, read her popular blog, buy her book.

Poetry and the Arts

Extreme Emo Poetry that speaks to me. Elen is often dark, often tragic always worth the read. She has something to say and is saying it. When I read her poetry I am reminded of Sylvia Plath.

Creative Stylings… “We’re alike, me and cat. A couple of poor nameless slobs.”   – Holly Golightly. A full range of blogging, painting, drawing, and graphic design.

Jessica Kristie Poetry and images.

Paints with Words I think the name says it all. Follow her on Twitter for her short poems.

Theological Resources

CRI/Voice Biblical scholar Dennis Bratcher offers many articles from himself and others in the Wesleyan theological tradition. Vast number of resource material from Biblical topics, to theology, to liturgy. When I have questions this is the first site I check.


Love of Wisdom, Wisdom of Love My friend Tom Oord, theologian at Northwest Nazarene University writes about his theology of love, open theology. Read his blog buy his many books–you will not regret it. (I reviewed at least one here).

Well, there are more in the list and more will be added as I find them. I hope you will visit these sites and support these bloggers, poets, artists, and theologians. May you be enriched as I have been.

Thank you,


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Monet, Science, and God

Back in 1997 or 8 I went to see an exhibit of Monet’s works at the Art Institute of Chicago. My boss was a member and we were at the opening which included dinner and a very good lecture about Monet and how he worked. Monet was a stickler for lighting. As he painted in the late 1800s he utilized the sun for light. Well the light from the sun changes throughout the year and varies day by day. Monet would paint for the few days that the light was how he wanted it. Pack up his stuff and wait until the next year. Meticulous about the lighting.

After the lecture we were off for the galleries to see the paintings. This was the largest collection of Monet’s paintings ever displayed, some of these paintings had never been together before. Magnificent paintings. I was amazed at the size of the canvases, some over 10 feet square. All of them magical in the images.

I was particularly drawn to Harbor at La Harve at Night with the golden lights shimmering in reflection off of the surface of the water. Amazing, magical, inspiring. Monet painted this 10 foot square canvas from the distance of the length of his arm plus the length of the brush. So amazing. My curiosity got the better of me, the scientist that I was I had to know how it was done. How Monet made this magic with his dabs of paint. So I walked right up to the painting. I could see each dab he placed on the canvas. From that close you cannot see the full painting nor see the light shimmer in reflection. From 20 feet away there is magic in the painting and you can take in the whole thing. From two feet away you can no longer see the whole painting and the magic disappears. For me the painting lost its magic. But I gained such a deep appreciation for the genius of its creator. It was a trade off, one I did not know that would occur, but a trade that was worth it.

It took some time before I could look at that painting and see the magic again, but it came back. Now I have the magic of the creation and the deep appreciation of the creator.

For me science is much like this. I may temporarily lose the poetic magic of the Creation, but gain a deeper appreciation for the Creator and I know that the poetry, the artistry of His Creation will return and I will have both just like with Monet and the harbor scene he painted.

(originally posted as a comment on Rachel Held Evans blog )