Matthew Dickerson on “The Hobbit” – Part 2

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Did you read Part One of Matthew Dickerson's reflections on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?If so, enjoy Part Two... … [Read more...]

Matthew Dickerson on “The Hobbit” – Part 1

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In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit.And on a wooded hillside in Vermont lived a writer who loved Hobbits, their homeland, and their author: J.R.R. Tolkien.I am blessed to know Matthew Dickerson and his wife Deborah as dear friends. I've been blessed by Matthew's writing, and also by the maple syrup he boils on his own. He's an instructor at Middlebury College. He directs the New England Young Writers Conference at Breadloaf, the Gove Hill Christian Writers Conference, and the G … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies.So I've taken this first movie and expanded it into two movie reviews... … [Read more...]

How to Take A Hobbit Journey Again… For the First Time

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The new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived! What do you think?I suspect that you've read The Hobbit already. How many years ago? I first read it when I was 7 years old, and moved right on up to The Lord of the Rings at age 8. If you're like me, you'd love to have the thrill of discovering a world as awe-inspiring as that again.I think we can. We just need to find a way to see Bilbo Baggins, The Shire, the dwarves, Gandalf, Mirkwood Forest, and the L … [Read more...]

Wait… Who Gets “Left Behind”?

My friend Matthew Dickerson, author of Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis, presented this meditation - a challenge to the conventional understanding of "the Rapture" - at a gathering of The Chrysostom Society a couple of years ago.I found it to be quite intriguing.So I'm pleased that Christianity Today has published it for everyone to read. I realized, listening to Dickerson, that … [Read more...]

Back from Laity Lodge

Laity Lodge is just as remote and beautiful as I was told. Anne and I enjoyed an inspiring weekend of food, conversation, reading, and movies with dear old friends and inspiring new friends. I spoke about that turbulent territory where faith and filmmaking intersect, and then I shared two films that inspired good conversations: The Station Agent, and Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Anne gave a poetry reading, just one of several delightful readings by the guests.(Hey Martin, I got to know … [Read more...]


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