Harold Sikkema's blog

Ellie is a doorstopper

Ellie is a doorstopper. Her heaviness - of necessity - is the measure of her success, but her deepest grace is to usher in the breeze. She serves simply, synchronizing her assigned gateway with the tune and flow of life: when breezes become gales, she steps aside, in lieu of the padlock.

Are there benefits to being close-knit?

When communities become insular, especially in the context of religion, criticism abounds. The wrath is warranted. Having escaped the painful moulding process of church, the critic's new life mission is to warn others about self-entitled silo-think. But could it be "both-and"? What if we give that old preacher and his gang the benefit of the doubt?