Prevenient Grace— by W. Brian Shelton


It is an odd fact, but nonetheless a fact (as Tom Schreiner has rightly complained), that Arminians have not done a thorough job of articulating what the concept of prevenient grace means, and why it is important. Fortunately, there is now a book by Brian Shelton, which he kindly sent me a copy of, to remedy that deficiency. The book is 283 pages long and covers the subject from stem to stern, including discussions of Scripture, historical and systematic theology. Shelton shows that the idea … [Read more...]

Black is the Color of my True Love’s Heart— a Felse Mystery


The sixth in the series of thirteen murder mysteries is the tale called 'Black is the Color of my True Love's Heart', and apt title for a very interesting novel indeed. The ethos of the novel has to do with the art of folk singing and folk songs or ballads. In America we might think of the songs of Stephen Foster (1826-64) that good Kentucky boy who wrote Camptown Races, Oh Susanna, and many more. Folk songs of course are often anonymous and passed down for centuries without attribution … [Read more...]

At the Zoo– Part Three

zoo4b animals are just born comedians. I'm referring to the monkeys and their kin of course.There is this sign that stands at the opening of the gorilla exhibit. It reads as follows....This one however seems to have ignored all the necessary gorilla etiquetteThe orangutans and monkeys were doing their usual thing, just hanging around....Equally impressive were the fish exhibits which included beautiful coral and … [Read more...]

The Concert in Central Park— Simon and Garfinkel 1981 … [Read more...]

At the Zoo– Part Two

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The Intern— Rent a Dad you go to the movies expecting one thing, and something else happens. I went to see 'The Intern' expecting it to be a funny piece of enjoyable fluff. Rather like eating cotton candy. You know--- empty calories, but nonetheless sweet. And sure enough Nancy Meyer's latest film has its funny and sweet moments. But along the way to funny and sweet, there was actually a serious side to this film about work and family, and how to keep both … [Read more...]

At the Zoo— Part One

zoo1 of the older zoos in America is the Brookfield Zoo which first opened in 1934. It is on the west side of Chicago, is well worth the visit, and we took a trip there one hot August day with Ann and Yuliya. Disclaimer--- the two wildest and scariest animals I saw on that day are these two that I took a picture of through the waterfall.....Visiting the zoo is rather like going to see the staging ground for Noah's Ark. All these animals lying … [Read more...]

My Favorite Martian, in Jordan, is called the Rose City, for very good reasons, the rock is a rosy color, and so is the sand. 'The Martian', in so far as it was filmed in an actual earthly geographical location, was filmed in the deserts of Jordan, as it was deemed the terrain on earthy most like the Red Planet. For two hours and 22 minutes, we hold our breath is see if Mark Watney (aka Matt Damon), left for dead on Mars, will survive long enough to be rescued … [Read more...]

The Impressionists at the Art Institute– Part Four


It would be hard to over-estimate the importance of Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), one of the most distinguished of the Impressionists, and one with considerable longevity. The Art Institute has a goodly sampling of his work, though, not some of the most famous of his paintings. Among other things, Renoir had a great gift for painting faces, including the faces of children.... for example....His paintings of flowers became very popular indeed...As were his depictions of home … [Read more...]