Rest In Peace: Why I Always Have Hope for the Dead

Someone once asked how I could pray that the soul of a person I know to have been a non-Christian, even the soul of an enemy of Christ like a terrorist, rest in peace. Is this just goodie good words? Am I using language to cover up a harsher reality? Best reason and experience say [Read More...]

Help me, Spock!

Only Kirk is left. Saturday nights I would endure the end of Lawrence Welk to see Star Trek. No internet summaries of episodes existed. No fan fiction was available. I bought photo-novels and recorded episodes on a tape recorder for the times when Star Trek was off the air . . . which oft occurred, though Lawrence Welk endured [Read More...]

It Can End Well

If you were Henry, everything started splendidly and ended badly. He was born King of England and much of France. He died in the Tower of London murdered by his successor. He outlived his son, went mad, and manifestly was unfit for the job of ruling Medieval England. He would have been an ideal constitutional [Read More...]

On Hating IS and Loving People

I hate IS (the Islamic State): a true perversion of Islam, monotheism, and humanity. I hate everything for which IS stands: terror, rapine, and violence. I hate it with a holy hatred because God hates IS. I love and pray for mercy toward the people who are part of IS because the eternal God loves [Read More...]

The Case for Grace (Review of a Book by Lee Strobel)

The Case for Grace is the best book Lee Strobel has written and that is praising it without damning anything else he has written. Strobel is a journalist and the argument he makes in The Case for Grace is better suited to his talents than any of his other (excellent) books. Strobel is telling readers of the transformative [Read More...]

Facing Up to Christian History: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Christians have made a great deal of history. If you name Christ, we have to claim you since God alone knows the status of your soul and so we are responsible for you. Tomorrow I will review a book on the transformative power of God’s grace The Case for Grace by my colleague Lee Strobel. Today [Read More...]

Prince Valiant (What fun he is!)

Feeling sad? There are two sure fire drugs in our household against sorrow: Sherlock Holmes audiobooks read by Charlton Griffen and Prince Valiant comics. Leaving aside for another day the perfect voice acting of Griffen, let me praise the artistry of Hal Foster, artist, story teller, maker of jolliness.  Do not confuse him with Hal [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Hope

Today is Hope’s birthday . . . not the virtue, which has been with us since God had a thought about us, but the woman: Hope Elizabeth Lancy Reynolds. She does not like it when I make private praise public, so let me stop the sappiness and merely wish her a wonderful day, turning instead to [Read More...]

Let Goods and Kindred Go

Here is an obvious truth of the Christian faith: you cannot serve money and God. Money is a tool for humanity, but a particularly tricky one to use. Few get a hammer and then become so enamored with hammers that they collect more than they will ever need to pound nails. Money is entrancing because [Read More...]

Right Practice: the Blood of Martyrdom

The Copts are not in communion with mainstream Christian churches (Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic). Historically, Coptic leaders had some deficient ideas about the nature of Christ. Maybe. Decades of ecumenical dialogue have done much to heal the wounds of this important division and the actual state of the division is beyond my ability to describe. [Read More...]