Of Jazz and Jesus. [And Becoming Captivated by Both.]

"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to … [Read more...]

The Least of These [Restorer of Streets With Dwellings.]

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” –Mathew 25:40 The average Senegalese person survives on less than $1600 a year. This means that the American world of excited five year old little boys and girls that line the … [Read more...]

The God-shaped Vacuum [Faith is a Romance.]

 One of the fascinating things about life as an American in Africa, is that I have the unique opportunity to define the finer points of American culture for my students. For instance: as of November 26, 2009, there are approximately fifteen Senegalese students wandering around … [Read more...]