Monthly Archives: July 2015

Life as Mountain Climbing

this was in the New York Times morning briefing I get via email… 

Straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy is the stunning Matterhorn, which at 14,692 feet is one of the tallest peaks in the Alps.

Edward Whymper, a Briton, and his party were the first to reach the summit, 150 years ago today.

It should have been a joyous occasion. But descending after a ceremonial flag-planting, four of the seven men fell 4,000 feet to a glacier below when their hemp rope broke.

Mr. Whymper and two guides from the village of Zermatt, Switzerland, were at the other end of the rope and survived. Since then, more than 500 climbers have died, mostly on the descent.

The frayed rope of the Whymper expedition is on display in the Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt, which has become Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations, with nearly two million visitors each year.

To commemorate the anniversary, a new $9 million base camp at 10,695 feet is unveiled today. And the mountain is closed to climbers for the first time ever.

Mr. Whymper never returned to the Matterhorn. In his 1871 book, he advised: “Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

… I’m not going to spiritualized this cuz it’s about life (which is inherently spiritual)… Don’t need to… Read that quote again… 

“Do nothing in haste; look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

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New grandson!

My new grandson Alexander Thomas Yi Luper was born today!

Big brother William and I are checking him out earlier today.


We are so blessed!

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balancing the mind and heart for renewal

In his book on prayer, Tim Keller argues well for what I would call a biblically informed theology while seeking (again my words) a deep experience with God. 

I’ve said it before, this book is the most important book on prayer, and therefore growing spiritually, in a long time, maybe ever. It is worth your time.

Recently, a couple of us have gotten to chapter 11 in which he states:

“Owen promotes what could be called a radically biblical mysticism. It comes through meditation on Scripture, on theological truth, on the gospel—but it must break through to real experience of God.”

This is a great description, I think, of what Paul urged when he told to “renew our minds” in Romans 12.

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Russia vetos UN resolution on Srebrenica genocide: meanwhile 1000s march for peace

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Szeged helps refugees

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Christian, are you living as a ruin? As spiritually poor?

Imagine you get a notice that someone left you some money, but for various reasons, you assume it is a very modest amount. You get busy and don’t get around even to checking on it for quite a while. Finally, you do so and are thunderstruck to discover it was a fortune, and you had not been doing anything with it. You were actually rich but had been living poor.

Keller, Prayer, p. 168, a challenge from this text:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭14, 16-19‬ ESV)

Don’t let your life be a ruin.


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