Tuesday, April 7, 2015
I grew up in Rhode Island, but that’s misleading. It may as well have been Quebec because nearly everybody in town was French Canadian and Catholic, and they taught us French from the second grade, from nuns who often spoke no English. Honestly, I’m not sure when I “came to faith,” though I tell everyone it was 1974. I wanted to believe the stories about Jesus when I was a child, but that’s where it ended. I made a flamboyant profession of faith in 1974 or ‘75, but backslid so badly for decades that I’m glad I didn’t die then. I can confidently say I have been a Christian for about three years at least, if you go by fruit-bearing. My marriage was to a Korean immigrant whom I met at seminary in 1978. Young was a pastor and a writer of Korean mystery novels. We have four children, presently ranging in age from 27 to 14.
My choice of topics for my bi-monthly “WORLD” columns and the daily blogs are serendipitous. I would like to think it is the Holy Spirit behind that serendipity, because I have committed the process to Him. I never go looking for stories, but I keep my ear open, and God sends little thoughts my way. You all get them too, but since you don’t need to write for a living, you just let them flit in and out of your mind. I have begun asking God to let me write only essays that build up the Church, as opposed to muckraking articles. This is because I myself am most helped by those kinds of stories --- those that showcase God’s glory and faithfulness and power --- so I want others to be encouraged by the truth too. You ask if there are subjects that are “easy” and some “hard.” The subjects I know nothing about are “hard” (Just kidding). So I have decided, over the years, to stay away from current events altogether, except, now and then, as springboards to more “devotional” topics.