Practicalities and a gratitude

1. If you need to find a funeral home or need to compare funeral homes, is one resource we point people toward. Enter your ZIP code and answer a couple questions and you should have access to funeral homes near you.

2. What can you do today to make progress on something you are afraid about tomorrow? “I’m afraid they will ask me about that project.” Do something today on the project. “I don’t know how many people are going to show up.” Reach out and ask them if they are coming. “I don’t remember the details about the relationship.” Make some notes about the details of the relationship, ask someone who knows, search the Internet. This may take you 10 minutes but will alleviate at least 10 minutes of fear.

Sire3. As a college freshman, I took Intro to Philosophy from C. Stephan Evans. I tried to read Kierkegaard. I was challenged to think. Sometime later, I read The Singer by Calvin Miller and was captivated by the way the story of God could be told with imagery. I heard Os Guinness speak when I was in Austin in grad school. When I started teaching college myself, I was captured by Eugene Peterson’s telling of the story of the Psalms of Ascent. And most students who took classes from me at Fort Wayne Bible College in those early days heard me talk about worldview, and ask some basic questions: What is the most real thing in existence? How do we come to know? What is “the good”?

The thread through all of those people, and the person who introduced me to the worldview questions (by book, not in person), was James Sire. He was the senior editor at Intervarsity Press for thirty years, the years that I was becoming a thinker. And as an editor, he helped those people develop the books that shaped me.

He died on Tuesday this week. I wanted to acknowledge my debt.


A tribute to James W Sire.

How to Read Slowly.– the worldview book that I first read.

8 questions every worldview must answer.” – A summary of his worldview questions.