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The End of Desire 

| October 19, 2017

by Teri Ong   Introduction: I wrote this blog two weeks ago, just after the Las Vegas shootings. In the weeks since it happened, we have learned a little more about the shooter, his name, his age, his socio-economic status, and a few other perfunctory details. But we have learned very little about his inner motivation. The […]

The Anglo File

| April 1, 2017

by Teri Ong My husband and I have made frequent trips to England since our first one together in 1999. But every first time experience is especially memorable, and our trip in ‘99 was no exception. In his masterful tale, At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, Alexander McCall Smith through his character Moritz Maria Von […]

Ebenezer Scrooge: My Funny Valentine

| March 18, 2017

By Teri Ong My husband and I are on a two-day Valentine retreat. He saw some cut white roses and a pot of live red roses and couldn’t decide which to get me, so he got both! While he was at the store getting flowers, the checkout person wanted to know if he was playing […]

Worse than Nothing

| January 21, 2017

By Teri Ong Today is New Year’s Day 2017. It also happens to be Sunday. Today we worshiped the Lord on His day as we always do – corporately – in church – with brothers and sisters in Christ who also believe it honors the Lord to honor His day. Today, as on other Sundays, […]

Hallowed Ground

| November 14, 2016

by Teri Ong The backwoods of northwestern Ontario in 1972 is my story of long ago and far, far away. I was to spend my summer there that year, and several others after that. I was going to be a kitchen helper, counselor, story teller, puppeteer, musician and all-around go-fer at a mission camp well […]

Sweet Will of God

| October 31, 2016

by Teri Ong   The senior missionary and founder of Camp-of-the Woods, Garland Cofield, had two sons and two daughters quite near to me in age. All of the family members were good musicians. But Father wanted Daughters to learn to play violin. At the age of 17, I had already been playing for over […]

Like Me– Like Him

| October 17, 2016

by Teri Ong   What are clouds like? The clouds piled up heavy – like a double scoop of steaming hot mashed potatoes. The clouds wrapped the frosty landscape in a layer of cotton wool. The cloud looked like a tooth extracted under the influence of laughing gas.   Describe the morning glories. The morning […]

Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain

| January 27, 2016

by Teri Ong When most people, and I daresay, even most “evangelical” people, consider this one of the Ten Commandments, they think of “swear words” and various forms of God’s name attached to imprecations for damnation. While those abuses of human language are certainly covered by the command, “You shall not take the name of […]

Slippery Slopes and the New Normal

| October 21, 2015

In September 2013 Colorado experienced a “hundred year flood.” We’ve had several of them in the 40 years I have lived in Colorado. Usually a storm front will stall or move slowly along a particular river basin, dumping enough rain in one area that the rocky canyon drains more into the river than it can […]

A Meditation

| September 26, 2015

I am a cloud, A vapor animated By the Breath of God. I rise up new On currents warmed by the Sun, Always pushed higher. White, I reflect Brilliant Light, or gold fired Past the horizon; Yet my shadow May ominously obscure Or give cooling shelter. I can produce Disappointing drought, or floods Out of […]