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May 16, 2018
Tom Wolfe, the Literary Scourge of Progressives, Dies
Tom Wolfe, 88, has died. The pioneer of "New Journalism," which uses fictional techniques--an interior point...
May 08, 2018
God and the Different Kinds of Despair
There are all kinds of negative emotions. Not all of them are morally or spiritually...
May 03, 2018
“I Am the Heavy Cross You Had to Bear”
I came across a remarkable poem by the Dutch author Jacobus Revius (1586-1658). He...
April 18, 2018
Being Moral vs. Moralizing
John Daniel Davidson makes a useful distinction between "being moral" and "moralizing." From his article...
March 28, 2018
Excruciating: The Ironies of Holy Week
We had our Tenebrae service on Tuesday, here in Australia, and the Scripture readings struck...
March 21, 2018
“Only Let Me Get to Jesus Christ!”
In his sermon last Sunday, here in Australia, Pastor Pfeiffer quoted some fascinating words from...
February 14, 2018
George Herbert’s Poems as Lenten Devotions
J. R. Arner, back in 1994, put together a daily devotional series for Lent that...
January 16, 2018
Aristotle on What’s Wrong with Today’s Movies
I finally realized what's wrong with movies today. What Aristotle described as the least important...
January 11, 2018
The Osage Murders
We often say of a good book that "I couldn't put it down," a hyperbole...
January 01, 2018
New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep
New Year’s resolutions tend to be demonstrations of the bondage of the will.
December 22, 2017
The Economic Theory of Ebenezer Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge was NOT a hard-hearted greedy capitalist. Rather, he was an advocate of the scarcity...
December 20, 2017
The Newly Discovered “Christmas Sermon for Pagans” by C. S. Lewis
The scholar Stephanie R. Derrick tells about discovering two previously unknown essays by C. S....
December 19, 2017
Christmas, Scrooge, and Vocation
On this 174th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol, I am...
December 15, 2017
Martin Luther’s Handwriting as Computer Font
How would you like to write like Martin Luther? That is, how would you like...
December 01, 2017
Jonathan Swift’s Takedown of Modernism & Postmodernism
Yesterday, November 30, was the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, the great...
October 12, 2017
Could the ancients not perceive the color “blue”?
Homer famously speaks of "the wine-dark sea." That's a beautiful description. Except that wine isn't...
August 03, 2017
Free Lutheran resources
My daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe, has collected links to a vast array of free Lutheran...
July 21, 2017
Harry Potter as “sacred text”
Those who are spiritual but not religious now have a Bible: the Harry Potter books....
June 30, 2017
A fun summertime book
Dragon's Teeth is based on the real life adventures and misadventures of two rival paleontologists, Othniel...
June 14, 2017
One of the best comments about Bernie Sanders' opposition to a nominee's confirmation because he...
June 13, 2017
Shakespeare is pro-Caesar
New York’s summertime staple “Shakespeare in the Park” is performing the bard’s great tragedy...
June 06, 2017
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture
Bob Dylan finally delivered his lecture for the Nobel Prize for Literature, submitting a 26-minute...
May 01, 2017
The Silver Chair will reboot the Narnia movies
Plans to film the Chronicles of Narnia are back on, as plans have firmed up...
April 14, 2017
Light, darkness, & the Cross
S. J. Masson, a new Patheos blogger at Hawkeye, has written a wide-ranging, thought-provoking post that...
April 04, 2017
Bob Dylan archive opens for researchers
In more Dylan news, the Bob Dylan Archive here in Oklahoma is now open for researchers. It...
April 03, 2017
Why April is the cruelest month
"April is the cruelest month." That snatch of poetry always comes to mind when the...
March 31, 2017
Dylan will pick up his Nobel Prize this weekend
Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, shocked the Swedish Academy by...
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick’s confession
Instead of celebrating St. Patrick's Day by just wearing green, making a big deal about...
March 10, 2017
The decline of Christian bookstores
The biggest Christian bookstore chain, Family Christian Stores, is going out of business. Then again,...
March 06, 2017
A new Bible translation from Lutherans
I recently blogged about the new Bible translation, the Christian Standard Bible. I didn't realize...
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