‘The Christian World of the Hobbit?’ Part Two

The theme of providence is actually raised in the Hobbit (and its sequels) in an unusual way-- it is called, 'luck of an unusual kind'(and one might add, to an unusual degree). Bilbo was 'meant' to find the ring, and 'meant' to bring it back, and 'meant' to pass it on to Frodo, who in turn was 'meant' to take it to Mt. Mordor and dispose of it. The unseen hand has an invisible plan, but at the same time, Tolkien's world is not a world of sheer pre-determination. To use Lewis' terminology … [Read more...]

‘The Christian World of the Hobbit?’ Part One

With the Hobbit frenzy now being at fever pitch, Abingdon Press has done well to publish a book such as Devin Brown's latest exploration of one of the Inklings works entitled 'The Christian World of the Hobbit' (208 pages, Abingdon, 2012). Brown is an accomplished scholar who teaches at Asbury University and he has previously spent a good deal of his research and writing time on the Chronicles of Narnia. Now that the filming of that good ship Narnia has sailed, or better said sunk, with the … [Read more...]

The Hobbits are Coming, the Hobbits are Coming (Dec. 14th)!

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What’s Really Happening at Christmas?

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Give me Liberty, or Give Me Football

Here is an interesting article from the NY Times about the attempt to develop big time NCAA football at Liberty University, creating an Evangelical powerhouse longing to rival Notre Dame, or say Baylor. See what you think.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/sports/ncaafootball/in-virginias-hills-a-football-crusade.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121111 … [Read more...]

The Christy Fund— a Christmas Option

For those who have asked, the way to donate to the Christy Ann Witherington scholarship fund is by going to https://www.asburyseminary.edu/give/give-online , filling out the form and specifying under the “other” category the “Christy Witherington Scholarship”. Of course, you can also mail checks to the Asbury Seminary Advancement Office and just specify the scholarship on the check memo or in a note.Ann and I wrote the following poem for the ebook.WHEN A DAUGHTER DIES…When a daughter … [Read more...]

Study the Bible at Oxford During your 2013 Vacation

Oxford Vacation Term for Biblical Study 2013by larryhurtadoThe Oxford Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) is an annual opportunity to take in lectures by established scholars in Biblical Studies, and also offers the chance to acquire and refine abilities in biblical Greek and/or Hebrew. The event is organized by a group of volunteers, and has been held annually for many years. I've enjoyed invitations to give lectures, and have been very impressed with the quality of what is on … [Read more...]

The Perks of Being Over 60

Since I am now approaching my 61rst birthday, I was thankful for this particular little list my 85 year old Mom sent me.THE PERKS OF BEING OVER 6001. Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. 03. No one expects you to run--anywhere. 04. People call at 9 pm and ask,"did I wake you?" 05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. 06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. 07. Things you buy now won't … [Read more...]

Neither gods nor dogs

What is the nature of human nature? What are we intended to be.... and to do? The Feast of the Incarnation, when the Son of God took on human flesh is the perfect time for a meditation on this very subject. Professor K. Scott was giving a chapel address at Asbury last month, and he was stressing that God created our world in such a fashion that we might grow up and grow into our true humanity, like Jesus himself who, according to Lk. 2.52 'grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with … [Read more...]