The First Commandment

The First Commandment

They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods.” ­– Isaiah 42:17 The First Commandment is, of course, “Have no other gods before Me.” Certainly not Communication. To reify our writing, to make of it...
On Dragons

On Dragons

When I wrote an article recommending a movie about dragons, a fellow Christian not only refused to watch the movie, but also to read the article, clearly thinking, “Dragons come from the Devil.” Well, yes, the Devil is the original serpent, the same that tempted Eve...
A Translation Project

A Translation Project

I woke up this morning with an odd phrase in my head: “Tribes have many ways to find the way to the roof.” There was no context, no dream to accompany it, but I realized (extrapolating from my own experience) that it should be: “The people need to know there is only...
Give Your Brush a Bath

Give Your Brush a Bath

This morning I realized that the odor I smelled each morning in the bathroom was not coming from me after all but from my hairbrush. So I gave it a bath. Then I realized that blogging is like that. All of us communicate every day, but those of us who write daily or...
Don’t Worry About Being Obvious!

Don’t Worry About Being Obvious!

Recently I returned from a ten-day mission to South America to sail with a ship that visits most ports in the world every five years, selling books. Not a vacation. On the ship, communication is a very big deal. They don’t have time for excuses, there’s work to do....
Exploring Words

Exploring Words

There are two meanings for “word.” One is a single sentence particle. The other is bigger, more expressive. “I’d like to have a word with you,” says your wife. She doesn’t mean that she wants to take a sentence fragment and eat it along with you, as if for lunch....