Friends, you simply must read the essay that friend-of-this-blog Lars Walker has written on Christian fantasy for The Intercollegiate Review (edited by another friend-of-this-blog Anthony Sacramone). It’s beyond excellent in its account of what fantasy is, what it does, and what’s involved in writing a good one. It defies summary, so I’ll just give you the beginning after the jump and encourage you to click over to the Intercollegiate Review site to read the rest of it. (I would just add to his list of good Christian fantasy authors the name of Lars Walker.) [Read more…]
Twenty-three years ago, thieves dressed like police officers robbed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, taking 13 masterpieces of the world’s art. One of them is one of my favorite paintings: Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.” (I love the turmoil and struggle of the disciples who are looking away from Jesus trying to right their own ship, contrasted with the serenity of those looking to Jesus. And the composition of the painting, in which all of the lines point through the darkness to Him.) Anyway, if you bought this painting out of the trunk of someone’s car and have it hanging in your rec room, beware. The FBI is saying they are close to solving the case.
Details about the case after the jump. [Read more…]
The Obama administration is throwing America’s weight around less and less on the world scene, and many conservatives are saying that America should just mind its own business and avoid, as George Washington recommended, “foreign entanglements.” Is this revival of isolationism a good thing? Consider Michael Gerson’s worries after the jump and see if you agree. Or can we derive principles for when we should and should not get involved in foreign entanglements? [Read more…]
We often think of the Christian life in terms of spectacular events and experiences, but vocation teaches us that Christianity is to be lived in the most ordinary spheres of life. By the same token, Satan also tries to attack us in those ordinary spheres of life. Pastor Matt Richard draws on John Kleinig’s spiritual classic-in-the-making Grace Upon Grace to show how that works. [Read more…]