I recently watched an excellent Chinese TV fantasy drama called Love Between Fairy and Devil, or Cang Lan Jue (‘Separation of Cang and Orchid’). If you haven’t heard of it – it’s hugely popular in China and very popular overseas, airing back in August – it’s a truly beautiful, wonderfully-produced show with a great story, … Continue reading What are we here for?
I understand that this title is black-and-white. Most people are not one thing or the other (whatever thing it is), but bits of both. For Laman & Lemuel, they were also not wholly one thing, but were very close to it, from the evidence we have. I think they also developed through the years of … Continue reading Laman & Lemuel: regular guys with problems, or wicked, obtuse bullies?
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been struggling recently (again, again) with the huge and yawning gap between who I am and who I want to be. And the difficulty isn’t just about those nice spiritual characteristics one wants to have to be a ‘good’ person, but everything – everything… including the seeming impossibility of any path … Continue reading Now v. Then
Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver Continue reading The refiner’s fire
There is a lesson I keep forgetting, and keep being taught, over and over. What lesson? The lesson that the test that is this life is not a test to see if I can succeed on my own. Rather, it’s a test to see whether I will turn to God in my time of need, … Continue reading Delicate salvation