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November 01, 2018
From Confusion to Clarity about Christianity
Have you noticed when talking to non-Christians that often what they object to is...
October 23, 2018
A New Anthology of Classic Christian Poetry
When I was teaching, I longed to find a good anthology of classic Christian poetry. ...
October 10, 2018
Netflix to Film Chronicles of Narnia
Netflix has announced an exclusive deal with the C. S. Lewis estate to film the...
August 24, 2018
Lutheran Educational Resources, Reading Lists, & Free Stuff
Summer vacation is over! Back to School! Good old golden rule days! For some families,...
July 27, 2018
The One Hour Bible
The Bible is a really good book, most people would agree, but who has...
July 26, 2018
Saint G. K. Chesterton?
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a truly great Christian author. He was a Christian apologist who...
July 24, 2018
Orwellian Abortion Signs
I've been posting about the relevance of George Orwell's novel 1984 to today and how...
July 16, 2018
Once again, I am reminded of George Orwell. . . .Our discussion of pro-abortion language...
July 13, 2018
Down the Memory Hole
Thinking about expunging politically-incorrect authors, censoring literary classics, and re-writing history made me think of...
July 12, 2018
Purging Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Canon
Even though Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) is a female author of true greatness, she is...
July 04, 2018
Chesterton on the Virtue of Patriotism
On this Independence Day, I would like to offer you words from G. K. Chesterton...
June 25, 2018
Myth vs. Parable: A Religious Awakening of Paganism?
David Brooks in the New York Times offers an interesting contrast between "myth" and "parable,"...
June 14, 2018
Reading as Miracle
One of the superpowers most of us have but often take for granted is reading. ...
June 11, 2018
The Suicide’s Question
TV bon vivant Anthony Bourdaine committed suicide last week, just days after fashion mogul Kate...
May 31, 2018
Communal Reading in the Ancient World & the Early Church
In the ancient world, people read out loud, even when they were by themselves. Thus,...
May 29, 2018
What Happens When Mind, Soul, & Body Go in Different Directions
Love in the Ruins (1972) is a dark, comic, disturbing, and yet profoundly Christian novel...
May 28, 2018
“The Anticipated Davidic Figure” in the Psalms
My son-in-law Adam Hensley, Old Testament Lecturer at Australian Lutheran College, has just published his book Covenant...
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...
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