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Here are the most recent posts from Griffin Paul Jackson.

How to Love the Alien and Fight Bureaucratization: The Tyranny of Donors

Temptation 2: The Tyranny of Donors Missionaries, artists, and university administrators know this temptation well. We feel the wonderful blessing of receiving aid with which to do good work, but that aid comes with a...

/ May 21, 2018

The Sound of the Spirit

Sunday is Pentecost. I was reading through Acts 2 again, a description of when the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples after Jesus had already ascended into Heaven. And I noticed something. Often when I...

/ May 18, 2018

Samwise’s Pentecost

Thinking on Pentecost, which comes up this weekend, I was struck in my reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers by a scene strangely reminiscent of what happened in the Upper Room. It is an...

/ May 16, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 19 (May 6 – 12)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was far and away my most productive week in terms of words put down on paper. I closed in on 20,000 words, which is double what I...

/ May 15, 2018

How to Love the Alien and Fight Bureaucratization: Refugees as Data

The biggest problem I’ve seen in my work to aid refugees is a lack of resources—financial, material, manpower, and willpower. The second biggest problem I’ve seen is the pervasive perversion of bureaucracy. This is one...

/ May 14, 2018

Genealogy of Jesus – Part 4: Descent from Antiquity

Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus ends this way: Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. Luke’s...

/ May 12, 2018

Genealogy of Jesus – Part 3: You’ve Got to Know the Word to Know the Word

Reading all of the names in the genealogy of Jesus, I know I’ve read them before. I know I’ve read their stories, some of the brief and boring, some more enthralling. But for most of these individuals, I...

/ May 11, 2018

Genealogy of Jesus – Part 2: Fathers and Foreigners

If we are in the Church, we are children of Abraham. Heirs of the promise and inheritors of the lineage of Christ. Jesus calls us brothers and sisters. So I shouldn’t read the names from...

/ May 10, 2018

Genealogy of Jesus – Part 1: It’s My Family Tree, Too

I love genealogies. For Christmas one year I received a subscription to ancestry.com. I ended up devoting the next 12 months to tracing my lineage as far back as I could go and down all...

/ May 9, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 18 (April 29 – May 5)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Here’s the good news. My fiction writing is going great. It’s also what I enjoy writing the most, and I’ve really jumped into it totally. The bad news is...

/ May 8, 2018