Editors’ Note

If there’s a theme to this issue, it’s the playfulness of God.

God is serious, says Dylan Demarsico in his piece “In the Beginning Was Laughter”—serious about joy. It was out of Trinitarian delight that the world came forth, he asserts, and he’s got some Bible to prove it.

You have to imagine God’s playfulness when you look at so much of creation. Why else would he create the dapper bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) to be able to fly over Mt. Everest every year? One might imagine he did it, well, for fun.

At this point some will clear their throats. What about the mystery of God, the God who hides himself (Isa. 45:15), the God who dwells in darkness? According to Belden Lane, theology professor at St. Louis University, it’s all part of a delightful game of hide and seek.

Finally, back to flying, which we can only do with the help of some sophisticated technology. It’s a wonder what it takes to get a plane off the ground and landed safely with all those people aboard.

Wishing you a delightful read.

—Mark Galli

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Also in this Issue

Issue 5 / September 18, 2014
  1. In the Beginning Was Laughter

    What does joy look like, and from where does it come? /

  2. Ultimate Hide-and-Seek

    Why is God so elusive sometimes? /

  3. High Praise

    What’s a bird doing flying above Mt. Everest? /

  4. Aviation Marvels

    Right now there are over 60,000 people overhead. /

  5. Wonder on the Web

    Links to amazing stuff

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