This reminder comes at a good time for me, as I am trying to use technology and social media in a healthier way, spending less time scrolling through all the opinions and pictures, and more time experiencing people as their true selves and presenting my own true self. To do that, I want to ask the right questions.
Sometimes God likes to use seemingly dumb ideas to give him glory, ideas which can take our lives in unexpected directions. For me, it was writing about Christian beards.
One morning in the summer of 2010, I […]
Lo, these many years ago, I attended a Christian University where a strict rule against bearded students was enforced. As one entered a section of the library there, one had to pass through a rounded antechamber the walls of which were bedecked with large, painted portraits of the 12 disciples. Only one among that ragtag band of middle eastern fishermen, tax collectors, zealots and such–one could learn from studying these historical portraits–was possessed of a beard. Only one. The others apparently carried shaving kits during their journeys, and employed said kits diligently.
The only bearded follower amongst Jesus’ inner circle of twelve was, yes, you guessed it, Judas Iscariot.
And now you know… the rest of the story.
Glad to see you reclaiming the redemptive possibilities of bearding so long vilified in my histories, Aaron.
In honor of your book release, I am currently bearded. I’m looking forward to sitting down, stroking my beard, and reading this book.
In that order.
I want everyone to know how difficult it was to spell words such as “humour” for the sake of the American audience of this article. I’m used to spelling things courrectly.
I was able to see this re-release too, on a nice, really-big screen. Aside from the distractions of the fellow a few seats behind me who insisted on predicting the movie’s best lines, I too was caught up in the wonder. There’s a quick moment when Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘The Ten Commandments’ is playing on the family TV early in the film. In a shot…[Read more]
Aaron Alford commented on the post, The Consolation of Doubt: An Address to the Buechner Institute 3 years, 10 months ago
Thank-you. Great material for reflection (no pun intended!)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, by Ron Hansen. I just recently re-read this. It’s one of those rare books that is actually complimented by the film version. A sad and beautiful portrait told in a truly captivating narrative voice. Hansen is one of my favourite authors, and I’m still waiting for him to be “discovered”…[Read more]