"The noblest conquest of all is to rule your own spirit... To be content in any condition of life is challenging--it is a holy valor deliverable only by the Holy Spirit. To be calm and patient in a changing and dangerous world is worthy of a garland of honor...[and] to be content while denying yourself is sacred."
- Thomas Watson, 17th-century Puritan pastor, from his book The Art of Divine Contentment
(Painting: "Fortitude," Wallfahrtskirche Frauenberg, Deckengemälde im Herbergstrakt; photo by Fb78, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.