Reinder Bruinsma

is a retired pastor and church administrator living in the Netherlands.

​A Matter of Perspective

Two people may stand at the kitchen window and look at the outside world. One will see colorful birds flying around in the garden, collecting the building materials for their nest, while the other sees only the endless string of cars on the busy road some 150 yards from the house.

Similarly, when I sometimes hear people discussing a sermon I have preached, I wonder whether they all actually attended the same church and heard the same preacher.

What we notice and experience depends on a wide range of factors. One of them is the relationship we have to a particular event. I know people who regard the British author C. S. Lewis as a saint and regularly …

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