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...]

OOPS! What’s wrong with this Picture?

Ah Nike, you really know how to inspire the fan base. Here is the latest Carolina Panther's T shirt. My suggestion is go out and buy it quickly.... it will be worth a lot in due course. Take a good hard look at this merchandise and ask yourself this question--- What's Wrong with this Picture? Well, for starters, the Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte, and last I checked that's 25 miles inside the southern border of North Carolina. So the N.C. and Panthers part of the T shirt is … [Read more...]

Anthony Hopkins on Acting and Playing C.S. Lewis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2IW08L1gLY … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on Being and Doing, Character and Plot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5quLP3rHxwQ(an excerpt from the film Shadowlands).The question is----- Do you agree with Aristotle??? … [Read more...]

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

(This was sent to me by Timothy George).http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/07/averys-ten-rulesAvery's Ten RulesJuly 14, 2013Timothy GeorgeCardinal DullesThe year 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of the ongoing project Evangelicals and Catholics Together. From the beginning, ECT was more than an alliance of convenience. It was a theological movement grounded in the Holy Scriptures and the deepest impulses … [Read more...]

Even More Speed— the Final Gallery

One of the more popular scenes in religious art is the story of Paul's U Turn on Damascus Road--- the conversion scene. By the time Gaspar de Crayer, a Flemish painter, painting in the 1640s, did this rendering of the scene, there had been a long standing tradition of depicting Paul falling off his horse at this juncture. Never mind that the story told thrice in Acts (9, 22,26) says nothing of a horse. Different artists have of course painted the scene somewhat differently. de Crayer chose not … [Read more...]