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
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
Pay no attention to the chains that come along with all this freedom...
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
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
by Steve & Jennifer Hall I am pro-life. For the Christian, this is a fundamental statement. We are fighting for a kingdom which is first and foremost a kingdom of life. We are fighting against a kingdom which is first and foremost a kingdom of death. Life is good; it is from God. Death is … Continue reading I Am Pro-Life, But
We can either be all worked up about the kind of world our children are growing up in, or we can work on the kind of children we are growing up in this world. The first choice will do the world no good, and the latter choice will do the world a world of good. … Continue reading A Helpful Tool for Making Men out of Boys
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?
by Steve Hall 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 … Continue reading What You Can Know in Uncertain Times
by Joshua Hall 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 … Continue reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” (a Precis)