Christmas

The Wexford Carol

Good people all, this Christmas-time, Consider well and bear in mind What our good God for us has done, In sending His beloved Son. With Mary holy we should pray To God with love this Christmas Day: In Bethlehem upon that morn There was a blessed Messiah born. Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;… Continue reading The Wexford Carol

Photography · Wildlife

Wildlife, Wild Places, Kitsch and Sundry: DFG Hailson Photography

  I have spent delight-filled days recording, through my camera’s lens, glorious natural wonders from the majestic Grand Canyon to the hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater, from the lush and soul-soothing Everglades to the barren salt flats of Death Valley’s Badwater Basin, from the sanderling-bedecked white sand beaches of Topsail Island to the other-worldly cinder gardens and… Continue reading Wildlife, Wild Places, Kitsch and Sundry: DFG Hailson Photography

National Parks · Nature · Photography

Celebrating America’s National Parks Honored with 2017 IPA Award

Two years ago today, I was celebrating the fact that I’d completed 35 chapters and an 11-page Notes section for Celebrating America’s National Parks, a book on which I was collaborating with photographer Clyde Butcher and designer David Griffin. I had just the last little bits to edit and all the pages to proof and… Continue reading Celebrating America’s National Parks Honored with 2017 IPA Award

Wildlife

Sickened, Enraged and Heartbroken

One of the most moving moments in my life came on an evening in Zimbabwe. I was in the country covering a conference and had taken some time away to visit Hwange National Park with two friends. After a meal of traditional African fare at the Hwange Safari Lodge, we made our way – at… Continue reading Sickened, Enraged and Heartbroken

Christian Faith · Jesus Christ

Reflecting on the Ministry of Billy Graham as He Enters His 100th Year

I came to faith in Jesus Christ on Pentecost Sunday in 1982 at a Billy Graham Crusade held at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. The Reverend Graham’s signature is on my Master of Divinity diploma from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; he was one of that institution’s founders and was chairman of the seminary’s board during my years… Continue reading Reflecting on the Ministry of Billy Graham as He Enters His 100th Year

Church · Prayer

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

According to the US Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ. A report by Open Doors USA identified 2016 as the “worst year yet” (in the 25 years of its monitoring) for Christian persecution. Each month (an… Continue reading International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Prayer

What Will Prayer Do For You?

Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think…expect great things.–Andrew Murray Are you in sorrow? Prayer can make your affliction sweet and strengthening. Are you in gladness? Prayer can add… Continue reading What Will Prayer Do For You?