Our daughter Katelyn (rising Senior!) took an online course with Institute for Excellence in Writing this past school year. One of her projects was to imitate the style of classic authors. So here we have "The Tortoise and the Hare," first in the style of Mark Twain, and then in the style of Shakespeare. I … Continue reading That Ploddin’ Tortoise and Pretentious Hare
Walking Past the Sparkling Water
That’s beautiful water!” my daughter Olivia exclaimed as we walked past a small pond the other day. The magnificent light show on the crest of the small waves of water immediately caught all of our eyes, shimmering and shining like something you would read about in a fairy tale. But yet, this world isn’t the … Continue reading Walking Past the Sparkling Water
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Our Hardest Battle
You know it's true. We have a sin / sex problem. At the risk of stating the obvious, and of being gloomy and demoralizing, I will begin by stating what is manifestly clear, we are living in the midst of a dark and wicked day. The darkness is not coming. It is here. It is … Continue reading Our Hardest Battle
“Knowledge, Rule, Order”: Perverted Purposes of Saruman the Oligarch
During the cold months of the winter I am reading through the Lord of the Rings to my boys in the evenings. (And to my little girls as well when something interesting catches their ear and they wander in for a bit.) Something caught my attention in our last reading that I found relevant to … Continue reading “Knowledge, Rule, Order”: Perverted Purposes of Saruman the Oligarch
What Are We Supposed To Do, Exactly?
You may have heard recently that the United States of America has elected a new President. This election has caused diverse reactions from multiple groups of people. For many people, it has been the source of much consternation and distress, and for others, well, the phrase exuberant glee comes to mind. I assume that most … Continue reading What Are We Supposed To Do, Exactly?
What You Can Know in Uncertain Times
It's been quite a beginning to 2021. There is a lot we don't know, and it seems in some ways that the confusion gets worse with each passing day. But with all of the "bad," don't forget to also see the good. What might God be up to in these days we are living? What … Continue reading What You Can Know in Uncertain Times
J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” (a Precis)
In this excellent short story, Tolkien gives us an idea of how he views the work we do here on earth, and how it relates to our lives in eternity. It’s a potent story with the capacity to change our lives. When one comes to understand that taking a trip to town in the rain … Continue reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” (a Precis)
Things That Go Together Like Science and Christianity
We have seen a pattern with this administration, which is, they don’t believe in science. A few times during the 2020 vice presidential debate, democratic nominee for VP Kamala Harris made statements such as this concerning the present administration having no faith in science. The context of her comments were, I believe, in reference to … Continue reading Things That Go Together Like Science and Christianity
The Loving Father Who Shakes Things Up
One of the privileges of being a child of God is that at times, He shakes you up. It's all through the Bible. When Moses led the children Israel to the mountain of God, Mount Sinai, it is recorded in Hebrews 12 that he said, "I exceedingly fear and quake:" God shook him up. There … Continue reading The Loving Father Who Shakes Things Up
A Twofold Perspective of John 3:16
How much does God so LOVE the world?“...He gave His only begotten Son.” How much does God so HATE sin?“...He gave His only begotten Son.” Seeing both the love and hatred of God helps us have a balanced view of Him, of ourselves, and of sin.
Life is Good
Spring is a happy season, when the world comes to life again from the cold winter months. Blossoms bud, birds warble, brooks bubble, as warmth and color flows into the cold barren land once again. There is nothing more wonderful and beautiful than life. We can reminisce about happy spring through the winter months, but … Continue reading Life is Good