Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)

I am slowly working through God in the Dock, a collection of some of CS Lewis’ essays, and a few days ago read the essay “Meditation on the Third Commandment.”  In this essay, Lewis discusses the desirability of a Christian political party.  I’m not sure if this was something people wanted in mid-century Britain, butContinue reading “Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)”

The True Myth and Challenge of Belief

The Christian faith has a lot in common with other religions.  We find story after story of dying and rising gods in ancient literature.  Isn’t the story of Jesus just another mythical story? Well, yes.  And no. CS Lewis writes in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (found in the book God in the Dock): NowContinue reading “The True Myth and Challenge of Belief”

Stephen King, CS Lewis and Believing Fantastic Things

Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot is the story of how vampires destroy a small town.  In the midst of this, some characters figure out what is going on and try to rouse the town to fight back.  They run into many obstacles, such as skepticism.  At one point a priest, Father Callahan, is trying toContinue reading “Stephen King, CS Lewis and Believing Fantastic Things”

Problem of Evil and Suffering, Sandor Clegane Style

Why does God allow good people to suffer? Why is God silent in the face of suffering? Why does God not step in and stop evil? Why do the wicked survive and the good perish? These are as questions as old as time (see the book of Job and Psalms).  The first episode of seasonContinue reading “Problem of Evil and Suffering, Sandor Clegane Style”

Journeying to the Dark Tower (Reflections on Stephen King’s magnum opus)

Last year I read The Gunslinger by Stephen King.  Published way back in the 70s, this book tells the story of the last Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead, pursuing the demonic man in black across the desert.  Roland’s goal is to find the mythical Dark Tower, the center of all existence. I love fantasy stories soContinue reading “Journeying to the Dark Tower (Reflections on Stephen King’s magnum opus)”

Trading Anger for Sympathy

A couple weeks ago my family and I went camping and left our dog with my sister and her husband.  When we returned home we stopped to pick up our dog.  We opened the door and our dog unceremoniously ran right past us and up the street! While my wife ran after him, yelling hisContinue reading “Trading Anger for Sympathy”

Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson – Dueling Theologians

On Sunday night after leading his Green Bay Packers to victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Aaron Rodgers gave credit to God.  Rodgers said to reporters afterwards: “I think God was a Packers fan tonight, so he was taking care of us.” There is background here that makes this much more amusing.  Last year the twoContinue reading “Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson – Dueling Theologians”

Defending Calvinism: Being Grateful For the Good Rather Then Fleeing From the Name

I am very grateful for the work of Ben Corey.  His blog is one that I frequently read and often find myself “liking” his posts on Facebook.  I found his book Undiluted to be challenging, well-written and all around fantastic.  And his podcast, That God Show, with Matthew Paul Turner is fun and interesting. SoContinue reading “Defending Calvinism: Being Grateful For the Good Rather Then Fleeing From the Name”

Drunkeness, Weddings and Taking Part in Sin

When faced with the question of baking a cake for the wedding of two women, some Christian bakers have refused.  They cite their Christian faith, arguing that they cannot take part in something God has condemned.  Others argue you should not even attend a gay wedding. A ton of questions flurry around this – shouldContinue reading “Drunkeness, Weddings and Taking Part in Sin”

What if This Was the Sort of Thing People Thought About When They Heard “Christian”?

Evangelicals Denounce Payday Lenders, Join Fight For New Regulations. Payday loans are an evil that take advantage of people in need.  I was so happy to see this headline, as this is the sort of thing I wish Christians were known for. When people, such as students at Penn State Berks, hear “Christian”, many wordsContinue reading “What if This Was the Sort of Thing People Thought About When They Heard “Christian”?”