Andrée Seu Peterson

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.

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Dreaming of trains

Culture | When whistles and passing engines are so routine they escape notice
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 10/11/18, 11:33 am

Company came for dinner last night, and the train went by as we talked long into the evening, the same train my brother said had gone in one ear and out the other, pantomiming as he stumbled sleepless from the guest room that time he came to visit. It’s too close to the house. The neighborhood is used to it, of course, to the point of not hearing, just as you don’t see notes stuck too long to the refrigerator.

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Dear Philemon

Religion | Paul’s epistle on behalf of Onesimus is a model for letter-writers
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/27/18, 10:39 am

Letter-writing is a dying art. So said the postal clerk at Christmastime when I came with a fistful of cards to stamp. They will never go out of style for Christians, of course, because we have nearly two dozen of them in the New Testament, and we can study them any time we want, to know how godly people write.

So I did that. I started with Philemon, because it was short. I figured it must be important too, for why else would someone bother to send it 2,060 kilometers overland from Rome to Colossae on Emperor Augustus’ new roads?

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Puppets go ‘blue’

Culture | On-screen immorality will affect children in long-lasting ways
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/05/18, 09:47 am

I brought my puppet with the chef’s white coat and tall white hat to a baby-sitting gig, and a little boy named Luke bonded with him—to the point that when I returned six months later, the 3-year-old immediately inquired about Luigi by name. Children are intrinsically attracted to puppets. 

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