Thirty-four years ago today, I found myself wandering the streets of Bergen, Norway. In those days, it was my job to travel to cold and dark places where I would spend hours watching the Aurora Borealis. I had just spent four weeks, mostly alone, at the Northern Lights Station near Longyearbyen, Svalbard—about 600 miles north of Norway.

Significance on the Playground

The other day, a friend was telling me about his frustration with some policy decisions that his government had made. Policy that would likely lead to ungodly results. And in that context, he expressed the need to fight against the direction his government is taking.

That might be a good thing. But I believe it depends a lot on what is meant by fighting...

Paul wrote:

The Principle of the Cross

The first book I ever read in Norwegian has greatly impacted my life for the past 25 years or so. It's an unassuming book with a bland cover and set in a monospaced font (which is terrible for long reads). Even though it was a struggle to consume so much of a language in which I was far from fluent, it was worth it. The book? Korsets Prinsipp (The Principle of the Cross) by Swedish pastor Pelle Karlsson.

So what is the Principle of the Cross? In a nutshell: To lose is to win.