incongruence

a square peg beside a round hole,
complimentary in function, yet fails to fit,
purposed into service, though unfulfilled its role,
and like musical chairs, stands where others sit, Continue reading

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Examining Culture Through Words

The other night, while listening to a Christian radio station in my car, a DJ was talking about Google’s Ngram viewer. Google’s Ngram viewer has digitized data from over 15 million works of literature. The DJ made an intriguing insight. He took the position that words communicate culture. His logic was that changes in culture can be seen by both the emergence and frequency of words used over various time periods. If we believe the adage that we tend to speak about those things which occupy our thoughts, wouldn’t that apply to what we write as well? Most likely, right? Continue reading

meta poem

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” ~Plutarch

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”        ~Robert Frost

“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” ~JFK

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~Carl Sandburg

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the words form from deepest thought,
those not yet voiced but needing acknowledgement,
theories from within—never formally taught,
soul’s introspection granting encouragement, Continue reading

Names that Define: Communicating Christ

“Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucious offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.” ~ Josh McDowell, author

Introduction
As I have matured (hopefully) in my faith as a Christian, I have become ever more fascinated by the influence and meaning of names within the Holy Bible. Previously, I have shared my thoughts about the relationship between naming someone or something and possessing authority over that person, place, or thing. Names within scripture, however, appear to often have layers upon layers of meaning. This should not be surprising as we grow in our faith and continue to delve into the depths of scripture. Pursuing God through His Word is like peeling off layers of an infinitely large onion–causing tears of joy. Continue reading