of mountains and men | 7

“Is it the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We’re not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished … Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? The word means nothing here.” George Leigh Mallory

doggone dawkins

I think it was Chesterton who said that “I like a dog, so long you don’t spell him backwards” (see comments below). Which is just what Roald Dahl’s poor (dyslexic) Vicar of Nibbleswicke did: Imagine Mister Dawkins suffering from a form of dyslexic nightmare. The London Bus Campaign would no longer look like this … […]

the waiting place

An all-time favourite in this house is Dr Seuss’ Oh the places you’ll go! “Congratulations! | Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! | You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. | You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself | any direction you choose …” Until of course, in Dr Seuss’ […]

updike, levine, and …

John Updike, “America’s last true man of letters” was an interesting character. Not many know that his early desire was to be a cartoonist, and ironically, that the ‘cartoon connection’ was what engaged him in a literary relationship with The New Yorker, which itself greatly contributed to his rise in fame and influence. It must […]

recovering baptism for a new age of mission

I so enjoyed recently re-reading David F Wright’s 1996 essay* by the same title, that I could not resist the temptation to share a few of his thoughts. His main contention in the essay is that … neglecting or ill-treating baptism may have more serious consequences than losing one’s theological respectability: it may damage the […]