Lightfoot on the Veracity and Perspicuity of Eusebius

This an excerpt of an important forty page article in the Dictionary of Christian Biography ed. by William Smith et al. It gives you a sense of how Lightfoot critically assessed the work of 'the father of church history'--- Eusebius of Caesarea. Chiefly he faults him for lack of knowledge of Latin and important Latin Fathers such as Tertullian. Here is a bit of what he says (thanks to the site‎l):"It will have appeared from this a … [Read more...]

My Favorite Christy Moments– the 80s and 90s

These pictures were taken during the many years we lived in Ashland Ohio, which in most ways were great years. You can see from the pictures Christy's joie d'vivre. She loved life, and she was a good big sister to David. The last picture is of her with Pastor Mitchell when she was confirmed after two years of catechism. Today, August 14th, would have been Christy's 34th birthday. It is very hard to accept she is gone. But I am truly thankful for what a wonderful blessing she was to so many … [Read more...]

The Five Most Sinful Cities in America

Las Vegas of course, with a motto like 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' has the reputation of being America's version of 'sin city'. But what if someone used a more comprehensive index of what counts as sin, say the seven deadly sins, and looked at the 100 top population areas in America using that index. Just for review, in case you've been napping, the seven deadly sins are envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath (violence falling under the category of wrath). The person … [Read more...]

‘Popcultured’– Part Two

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-- PicassoWhether we know it or not, and whether we like it or not, we swim in a cultural soup, a consumer cultural soup. One of the strength's of Steve Turner's book 'Popcultured' is in demonstrating just how pervasive the effect of pop culture is on everything from our values to the way we dress, what we listen to and watch, and what we eat. One of the main reasons a Christian should not stick his head in the sand and think that … [Read more...]

‘Popcultured’—- Part One

Steve Turner, born in 1949 Northamptonshire England, is a Christian who is a journalist, poet and writer. He currently lives in London. He has written several significant books on famous rock musicians and bands who have had some connection with Christianity--- namely on Eric Claption, Van Morrison, and U2. As a music journalist he interviewed many of the mainstays of British pop and rock music, including Lennon and McCartney and David Bowie.He is imminently qualified to talk about this … [Read more...]

Have Christians Got Game? Christianity and the Gaming World

[a picture of David and Emily with Ann and myself on their wedding day last October](This post is written by my son, David, who is an avid gamer and knows a good deal more about this issue than I do. He promises another post in the near future).You might be interested in digging in the forums of Christian gamers, who do indeed ask themselves hard questions about the compatibility of gaming with the Christian … [Read more...]

A Day in my Life

On numerous occasions I've been asked to describe a normal day in my life. Usually the question arises due to people wondering how I get so much writing done. Some of the answer to that question comes from the graciousness of my institution not to overload me with committee work and extraneous tasks that do not play to my strengths--- teaching, preaching, writing, and mentoring doctoral students (or masters level students). There is also the fact that I do not teach at a seminary which has a … [Read more...]

C.J. Sansom’s Heartstone

There are now five novels in the Matthew Shardlake series of medieval mysteries written by C.J. Sansom, this being the fifth one. It weighs in at over 600 pages of detailed, carefully argued plot set during the reign of Henry VIII, more specifically this one is set in 1545 when the French came calling at Portsmouth in retaliation for the failed English invasion of France (failed, except for the destruction of the city of Bologne). Here is the published summary of this novel on Amazon... … [Read more...]

Is Life but a Shadow??— the ‘Shadowlands’

If you have read any Plato you will know that he argues in the Republic that this world is a world of shadows, of which the substance can be found in the eternal world. You hear something like this in the book of Hebrews as well. Plato conjures up the image of a man seeing images on the wall of a cave with light and the reality projecting those images on the wall. But is it true--- that this life is but a pale shadow of life in heaven, in the other world? C.S. Lewis was well aware of Greek … [Read more...]