April 20, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, If you were to go back through my old posts, starting with the oldest and working your way up (not that I’d recommend it), you would first find this post. In it I talk about what was at the time my fifth thesis topic. Then, if you kept reading, you’d end up here, where I describe not only my fifth thesis topic shift, but the fact that I’d switched supervisors as well. In the interest of… Read more

April 15, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, One thing that I constantly hear from well-meaning Christians is how the Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, are allegorical. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this would anger Lewis were he still alive today (and how much it did when he was alive). The Chronicles of Narnia are not allegorical, this becomes increasing clear with each book. Nevertheless, I understand why The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe keeps… Read more

April 13, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, As you’ve either seen from my wife’s blog or my reposting here and here, Lauren and I were on vacation last week. This was a kind of early anniversary gift to ourselves. We haven’t been on a vacation since we moved here in 2011, so we decided to go the Lake District. I have to be honest, Lauren planned the whole thing and did an amazing job. I didn’t want to leave. I could have stared into… Read more

April 13, 2013

Check out the second installment of my wife’s posts about our vacation (and more pretty pictures of me). Read more

April 11, 2013

Check out my wife’s post about day 1 of our vacation to the Lake District. Enjoy her beautiful pictures, especially of me. Read more

April 3, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, It dawned on me the other day that my post describing my typical day left out a few important details. You see, a British PhD and an American PhD can be quite different. I have no hopes of explaining all the differences between the two (I can’t really since I’ve never done an American PhD), but I thought I would try and highlight some of the main differences. I’ll also throw-in some other aspects of being… Read more

March 31, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today we celebrate the risen Christ. Let us remember the victory we have in Jesus. Death is defeated. Not only are our sins forgiven, but we are being made new; not only  are we being made new, but Christ is saying to us, “I say you are gods.” Let us celebrate the new reality that Christus Victor brings. Yours, David An Easter Prayer and Response Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your… Read more

March 29, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, Today is Good Friday, the day we remember that Christ died on the cross and was buried; the day the light went out of the world. When Christ was on the cross he called out, ‘“Eloi,Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”’ This is often read as the pain of separation, the Son being ripped from the Father. I’m not so sure. It seems this is a call to remember… Read more

March 27, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, I believe I’ve mentioned before both the fact that I have a profound appreciation for the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and that I have been sitting in on Alison Milbank’s Religion and Fantasy module here at the University of Nottingham. Well, a few weeks ago, Alison mentioned a YouTube video depicting a conversation had by Lewis and Tolkien (as well as Hugo Dyson who is left out of the video)… Read more

March 25, 2013

Dear Friends and Family, It had been on my mind for a while to do a post on what a day usually looks like for me and then just yesterday a gentleman named Nic told me he would be interested in hearing about my daily schedule. Well, here it is: 05:00 My alarm goes off, I role out of bed, wash my face and hair, shave, wax my moustache, and get dressed. 05:30 I then head into the Study to do… Read more

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