A night at the opera

I’ve just returned from a performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” (I think it would be Mathias the Painter,” in English).  Wow! What an amazing event. About half way through I asked… Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Idea

This Thanksgiving… pull yourself away from the table and the tv find a blank sheet of paper and a pen start writing down the names of people in your life that have shaped… Continue reading

Jean-Pierre inspires me

Jean-Pierre works on our team each Tuesday night as we provide a pretty decent meal to about 100 people through the Restos du Coeur organization. He’s about 70 years old and retired. You… Continue reading

Me, you AND….

Occasionally I read through something in the Bible and I say to myself things like, “Has this always been here?” “Why haven’t I seen this before?” “How could I not have I never… Continue reading

Pursuit of the Singular Answer

Classic Pete Rollins

Our Elevator

Several months ago a sign went up on our little two person elevator in our flat saying that for the month of September it would go through a process of “modernization”. Personally I… Continue reading


(upfront disclaimer : this is not about what you have during the night, but what you have during a lifetime.) This morning I took some time to daydream about my dreams. I slowly… Continue reading

Düsseldorf and other city names

Driving to Düsseldorf, Germany for the first time this weekend, I already had in my mind a slight smile every time I said the name “Düsseldorf” or saw it on the map…..you have… Continue reading

Practicing Imagination

I enjoy modern art…but I’m not an expert….I just like to see it…to hear it… to experience it. I’m not sure why…I think I’m on a journey to figure that out. There is… Continue reading

Culte artistique au Temple du Marais

Sanan and I, along with our friend Mary, prepared the prayer installations for this beautiful worship. During 20 minutes of singing, people were invited take communion and to explore our tactile means of… Continue reading

Taking a risk

I took a big risk this morning. It was a bit scary. I wasn’t at all sure of the outcome. It could have all gone wrong. But I did it anyway and now… Continue reading

Seeing IS Believing

I read this morning an sobering quote that I think many of my Christian friends need to read. It is from Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (by Canadians Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat)… Continue reading

Restos du Coeurs

For a few weeks now Sanan and I have been participating on a team that every Tuesday night provides a pretty good hot meal for about 100 people. The meal usually includes bread,… Continue reading

La Nuit Blanche 2010

Sanan and I passed La Nuit Blanche (see the wikipedia explanation) with about 10-12 friends from La Fonderie. Basically, it’s an evening where you visit a hundred or so art installations all over… Continue reading


This afternoon I was minding my own business, while walking down a narrow but busy street, when all of a sudden I heard the loud baaaaaaing of a goat. I quickly looked around,… Continue reading


This morning I woke up to a radio documentary about the coming of the smart engery grid in Europe. It excited me that there could be such an interconnectedness of systems, so that… Continue reading

Thoughts on 9/11 protests

I must admit that I’m disappointed in those protesting the mosque that is to be built near the WTC site, especially the Christians who are riding this wave of anger toward Muslims.(I’m not… Continue reading

The Church Next Door

Sanan and I decided to visit the church next door this Sunday morning. When the bells rang at 10h30(which are just outside our kitchen window) we walked around the corner, through the wooden… Continue reading

Non-seedless grapes

The beauty of non-seedless grapes (that’s grapes with seeds for those who have trouble with double negatives) is that you have to slow down, think about each grape, treat each grape as an… Continue reading

Greenbelt Festival 2010

I had a great time at the Greenbelt festival this year. Here are some links to the things I was most impressed by. Zic Zazou – 9 French guys dressed like blue-collar workers… Continue reading

The Great Emergence

I’m attending THE GREAT EMERGENCE in Memphis, Tennessee. http://www.thegreatemergence.com It is based around Phyllis Tickle’s book by the same title. There will be other great speakers such as Peter Rollins from Belfast, Doug… Continue reading

The Cloud of Unknowing

I’m re-reading the classic The Cloud of Unknowing. I’d like to present some of the stuff I’m finding… PHRASES I LIKE “…He kindled your desire with the greatest grace and attached to it… Continue reading

Cycical Theory of History

Yesterday I was reading about the novel Finnegans Wake, which is based around the cyclical theory of history as developed by philosopher Giambattista Vico in 1725. Vico saw that history passes through four… Continue reading

A Mid-Winter Prayer

From the rising of the midwinter sun to its setting Scatter the darkness with the light of your love, O Shining One. Make me short on mean thoughts, long on offering words of… Continue reading