Joel J. Miller is the author of Bad Trip, Size Matters, and The Revolutionary Paul Revere. His writing has been featured in The American Spectator, Reason, and elsewhere. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

What it means to come to Christ as a child

One after another the kids kept coming.Parents were bringing their children to Jesus for his blessing, and Jesus was happy to comply. The disciples, however, were less accommodating. As the gospels report, "the disciples rebuked them" (e.g., Mark 10.13).Jesus was not pleased with his followers. Mark tells us that he was indignant."Let the children come to me," he said, "do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the … [Read more...]

Giving thanks for C.S. Lewis

Besides Thanksgiving, November 22 this year marks the 49th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' death.I read a newspaper obituary about Lewis that my grandmother kept. She preserved the entire paper. The event was buried in the back--barely two column inches if memory serves. The rest of paper, or at least the majority of it, was dedicated to reporting the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Both men died the same day. Coincidentally, both men answered to Jack.Though popular, this British author … [Read more...]

Egyptian Christians enthrone new pope

On Sunday Egyptian Christians enthroned their new patriarch, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II. The service was several hours in length, and the daring are encouraged to view the video of the event below.The enthroning happened at St. Mark's Cathedral in Al Abbasiya, Cairo.The Egyptian church was first established by the Apostle and Evangelist Mark, after he sojourned in Rome and then traveled south to Alexandria. Tawadros is now the 118th pope of Alexandria."He is to heal souls … [Read more...]

Various and sundry No. 1

1Don't do it this way. Frank Viola has a worthwhile post on avoiding certain pitfalls in your Christian walk. But -- and this is fun -- he presents it all in the negative, offering 10 things you can do to ensure you blow it."Rarely (or never) read books with spiritual depth or listen to Christ-centered messages by other servants of God," he says for one. "Forget the contribution of the body of Christ, past and present. Throw out spiritual education. Live under the delusion that all you … [Read more...]

Preparing our hearts for the birth of Christ

Today marks the start of the Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church. Like Western Advent, it is a time leading up to Christmas for the faithful prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.The period of fasting and preparation mirrors the fast before Easter, or Pascha as we usually call it. Also forty days, from the November 15 to December 25, it is like a little Lent. And not without reason. Christmas and Easter are intertwined. The feasts show the symmetry of God's providence, that the birth … [Read more...]

‘Proof of Heaven’ echoes ancient insights

Since I originally posted this piece, Esquire has published an exposé of Eben Alexander, very much worth reading. However close his vision is at places with a traditional Christian vision, there are significant problems with his testimony. When the neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander slipped into a seven-day coma, he could scarcely imagine the visions that awaited him.Bacterial meningitis had attacked his brain and shut down his neocortex, the part of the brain that enables consciousness. … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson, Petraeus, and sexual infidelity

Groan. So here we have an unfolding scandal involving infidelity in the highest reaches of the U.S. military and intelligence community, and what does Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson say about it?Commenting on the affair of General David Petraeus and biographer Paula Broadwell, Robertson said it was "[a]mazing . . . that the affairs of the heart seem to catch these guys." But then he set up a string of mitigators: Petraeus was away, Broadwell was hot, so what can we expect?"I mean, … [Read more...]