This was given at Columbus Mennonite’s annual outdoor service at Highbanks Metro Park. No audio available.
I’m going to talk about two epiphanies I’ve had and how they have led to a conversion in my adult life.
I grew up on a farm, less than an hour’s drive northwest of here, in Bellefontaine, where my parents still live. We had cows, a large herd of barn cats, and about 140 acres of crops. There are two creeks that run through the property, and a couple different patches of woods. It’s a lovely place. So I grew up surrounded by “nature,” but I didn’t really get it. I liked being outside, liked doing manual labor and getting dirty, but I didn’t find anything particularly beautiful or awe-inspiring or even interesting about the natural world. I was interested in people, and I was interested in ideas. I remember that my brother would sometimes go back to the woods to think or write and I would wonder why in the world that would help anyone think or write.
Two of the more transformative epiphanies in my life have been not flashes of profound insight but rather flashes of profound ignorance. The first one...