Entries by Wayne Fowler

Seen and Known

The great contradiction of our technological age is that so much information can be gathered about us, yet that does not satisfy our basic need to be known. The slogan in George Orwell’s fictional Oceania is “big brother is watching you.” That phrase has become a metaphor for modern surveillance methods and concerns over personal […]

Listen Well

“Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting.” So begins each session with a call to listen carefully to important words about to be uttered. Even though listening is a high […]

Good Question

The purpose of the Museum of the Bible, opened in 2017 in Washington D.C., is not just to display relics. It shows how the Bible has impacted human history, individual people, and every area of life. What a timely message, since modern voices claim Biblical teachings are stifling and oppressive. Last year, a British court […]

Lasting Beauty

Julie Andrews famously sang about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” Her favorite things included “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes.” The lyrics work because we never tire of beauty. C.S. Lewis wrote, “We want something else which can hardly be put into words […]

Extremists

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an Atlanta pastor who spent time in an Alabama jail. When his fellow clergymen described his cause “extreme” and called for an end to it, he responded with his now-famous Letter from Birmingham City Jail. King wrote, “You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme. As I continued to […]

Renewed

It’s resolution time again, isn’t it? Or not. I suppose any time is a good time for improving, restarting, or renewing something. My suggestion is that if you are planning a resolution, surround it with lifestyle changes that will make it easier to become a habit. Perhaps the resolution urge comes from God making us […]

Passing of Time

The older you are, the more your memories invade your thoughts during the holidays.  You recall family and pleasant moments.  The finality of the passing of time brings a sigh.  How fleeting is this life! Seasonal songs set the context for reflections about time.  That glorious song of old came upon the midnight clear, yet […]

The Wait

When I was a child, it was so hard to wait for the grand reveal of gifts on Christmas morning! Those happy times blended with our family’s celebration of the birth of the Savior.  When we started singing Christmas carols in church services, I knew the gifts would soon follow. During Hezekiah’s rule, the people […]

Marginalized No More

She was a prostitute and conveniently offered lodging at her house. Two young men found their way to her place, but they weren’t looking for paid favors. They had a job to do. They were spies and staying there would be a convenient cover. Her name was Rahab. She confided to the men that she […]

Place in Time

When is the next election for U.S. President? When is the baby due?  When did the U.S. declare its independence?  The assumption behind these questions is that important events are marked by their place in time. We humans are wired to understand things by their place in time. Demographers use a person’s birth year to […]