On Living Longer Than Dad

­ I have now lived ten days longer than my father. As we flew to Hawaii on Friday, April 12, I was thoughtful of another date: July 23, 1988, was Jimmy Joe Berryman’s 19,707th day, and his last. April 12, 2013 was Jeffrey William Berryman’s 19,707th day.  All that day, I reflected on the fact …

Faith and Art: What is the Heart of the Matter?

What is at the heart of the conversation between art (in all its form and expression) and the faith of the Christian (in its multiple and varied flavors)? Here we go again…for more than a decade I’ve been leading an annual discussion with undergraduates at Abilene Christian University concerning the intersection between the real world …

In the Questions

As I was working out this morning, I had to smile because the word I was living in the middle of wasn't the word I thought I was in the middle of.  What I mean is this:  About two years ago, in a quiet session of writing and prayer, six words came to me...no seven, …

The Questions, The Moral Fight, and Love

I don't like politics.  Men and women struggling over power, wealth, and good.  Forces of human action contending valiantly and corruptly, if need be, to control, coerce, or more nobly, to free.   Senators beaten with canes in full view (see pre-Civil War politics), Congresswomen shot at close range in grocery store parking lots, and …

2010 Questions

A list of questions to work on in 2010: What is the essence of friendship? What are ten exercises you could conduct today to move toward the personal discovery of that essence? To what degree can “felt” religious experiences be trusted as evidence for any particular viewpoint concerning God, the Holy Spirit, or the miraculous? …