NarniaWeb and the Dawn Treader Movie

A lucky writer from NarniaWeb.com got to attend an advance screening of the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. You can read the review by clicking here. It's very general, pretty much spoiler-free, but it will whet your appetite for what promises to be a very beautiful and lovely movie. If you are a Narnia or especially a Dawn Treader fan like I am, this review will rev up your anticipation.Here's a tasty tidbit: The final scenes of the film, especially Aslan’s country, are u … [Read more...]

A Few Deep Breaths

I spoke with a friend of mine the other night, who does marketing consulting for publishers. We talked about my writing. Now that The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader has gone to press, my next project is to work on the new edition of The Aspiring Mystic which will hopefully be released in time for the Wild Goose Festival.But then what?Spiritual writing for me is a calling, not a career or even a livelihood. Yes, I want my books to be successful, but at the risk of sounding clichéd, … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Monotheism believes that in the end all shall be well and all riddles will be solved. For this we need that patience or tolerance which will save our lives. Agnosticism lacks such endurance and is concerned with our concrete situation without eschatological promises (hallucinations or mirages). God may know all, but we are not God and certainly do not know all, not even in the most elementary things. We have to confess ourselves a-gnostics because we do not have the divine gnosis, the knowledge … [Read more...]

To understand Matthew 13:11, read Matthew 11:25…

Thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful comments on my Matthew 13:11 post from a few days back.Simon writes: I had never seen that verse as relating to contemplation. Rather, it seems to me to refer to basic Christian truths. My Vine’s Dictionary says “In the ordinary sense a mystery implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed”. I think Vine's is nailing it on the head. This is how Christian mysticism differs from pagan mysticism: the pagan mystery cults wer … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Men have not become Trappists merely out of a hope for peace in the next world: something has told them, with unshakable conviction, that the next world begins in this world and that heaven can be theirs now, very truly, even though imperfectly, if they give their lives to the one activity which is the beatitude of heaven. That activity is love: the clean, unselfish love that does not live on what it gets but on what it gives; a love that increases by pouring itself out for others, that grows by … [Read more...]

Matthew 13:11

Again and again I am struck by how much confusion there is about the meaning of mysticism, and the nature of Christian mysticism. To try to explain Christian mysticism as simply and clearly as possible, I'd like to consider a word found in Matthew 13:11, which I present here in several different English translations: Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted." (New American Standard Version)He answered a … [Read more...]

Forty-Two Inches

Gareth Higgins (the man who is bringing us the Wild Goose Festival) stayed at our  house earlier this week. He was in town for the the 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation. Yesterday morning before leaving, he teased me a bit. Noting that we have in our otherwise rather modestly appointed home a 42" flat screen television, he asked me how a "hippie Christian" like me could have such a blatantly materialistic object.Without thinking, I became defensive, and I'm afraid to say, rather … [Read more...]


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