Sharing Faith and Losing Face

Last year, I gave a number of professional writing workshops to non-native English speakers in New York City. During a break at a workshop in Manhattan, one woman said something that threw me off a bit.  “You have an inner smile when you teach. Is this your teaching style, or is it just your personality?”  An innerContinue reading “Sharing Faith and Losing Face”

Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14a The Word become flesh is the most breathtaking, precise translation of language ever accomplished. In all other cases, there is something lost in translation, the nuances and intimacies of the native tongue sanded away until only the general message remains. But in thisContinue reading “Divine Translation: The Word Became Flesh”

Unless a Kernel of Wheat

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 These are the words of Jesus that Dostoevsky chose to open The Brothers Karamazov  with, words that are now etched as the epitaphContinue reading “Unless a Kernel of Wheat”