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Henri Nouwen and 'Journey of the Heart'
Let it not be said that nothing good ever comes out of public television. Although
Christians have sometimes had reason to criticize PBS and its programming-I
have, anyway-they have also given us a lot to celebrate. Their newest offering
that I can recommend is a documentary that many PBS stations across the country
are airing this Easter season, "Journey of the Heart: The Life of Henri Nouwen."
Nouwen, before his untimely death a few years ago, was one of the most
influential Christian thinkers and writers of recent times. I had the great pleasure to
meet him when he was teaching at Harvard. After I had given my testimony and a
little apologetic message to the students at Harvard Divinity School, we went back
to Nouwen's apartment for coffee. He questioned my use of apologetics, turned
to my wife, Patty, who was with me, and said, "Why don't you just say you love
Jesus the way you love Patty?"
I said, "But they've just met Patty. They know she exists."