The Well & The Shallows

"We have come out of the shallows and the dry places to the one deep well; and the Truth is at the bottom of it." ~ G.K. Chesterton

Jun

16

A Practical Guide to Culture

There are two aspects to writing that are arguably the most difficult to capture: making complex ideas simple; giving clarity to murky issues. Authors John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle have managed to present the topic of culture and cultural engagement in a simple and clear style in their most recent book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. A Practical Guide to Culture is divided into four main parts. Part One is where Stonestreet and Kunkle set the stage. They explain what culture is and why it matters. Moreover, they properly situate culture in a larger context of the Biblical story. This is vitally important because […]

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Dec

22

Why the Incarnation?

The story of the Incarnation begins with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Through their disobedience, the corruption of nature and the penalty of death entered the world, as God had warned (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:1-20). A penalty demands a payment and in this case, death required the sacrifice of the living as its payment. This is why God instituted animal sacrifices. It was a way to temporarily satisfy the penalty until the “fullness of time” when a permanent solution could be provided (Hebrews 10:1-4; Galatians 4:1-7). The animal sacrifices were temporary because the penalty could only ultimately be paid by a representative of the offending class […]

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Dec

19

Are the Gospels Reliable?

The Question Before answering this question, one might want to consider what is meant by the word “reliable”? In one sense, the individual might want to know if the words that exist in the documents are authentic and accurate. Can we know that the words we find in the Gospels today are the same words that were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John especially when we do not have the originals? Haven’t they been translated hundreds, if not thousands of times over the years? Sure mistakes and errors have crept into the text rendering it unreliable and inaccurate. In another sense, the individual might want to simply know if […]

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Mar

21

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, Of ancient crooked will; Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb, I keep my secret still. Fools! For I also had my hour; One far fierce hour and sweet: There was a shout about my ears, And palms before my feet. ~ G.K. Chesterton

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Mar

15

How NOT To Start A Religion!

So, you want to create your own religion, eh? Well, good for you; you’ve come to the right place. I’ll give you a checklist of things to be sure to avoid so that you will get started on the right foot. Be prepared to have the masses follow you as you gain wealth untold! Practically speaking, what are the sorts of things one ought to avoid when fashioning a new religion? Just follow these general guidelines and all should be well: [To read the full post, head over to my friends at Free Thinking Ministries. The are graciously hosting this post for me there.]

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Feb

19

Journalism and Politics

“Of course, politics and journalism are, as it happens, very vulgar. But their vulgarity is not the worst thing about them. Things are so bad with both that by this time their vulgarity is the best thing about them.” ~ GK Chesterton, All Things Considered, 1956

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Feb

18

An Apology

Another tattered rhymster in the ring, With but the old plea to the sneering schools, That on him too, some secret night in spring, Came the old frenzy of a hundred fools To make some thing; the old want dark and deep, The thirst of men, the hunger of the stars, Since first it tinged even the Eternal’s sleep, With monstrous dreams of trees and towns and wars. When all He made for the first time He saw, Scattering stars as misers shake their pelf. Then in the last strange wrath broke his own law, And made a graven image of Himself. ~ GK Chesterton

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Feb

17

Frank Thoughtlessness

“I am wondering what has debased the currency of current thought and speech, and why every normal ideal of man is now pelted with handfuls of such valueless pebbles, and assailed everywhere, not by free thought, but by frank thoughtlessness.” ~ GK Chesterton, Illustrated London News, October 22, 1932

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Feb

16

The Good, the good, and the Christian

On the Christian calendar, Lent is that time of year specifically set aside for Christians to focus their attention on their relationship with God over a period of 40 days as they prepare to enter Easter and remember Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. It is meant to symbolize the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness after His baptism at the beginning of His ministry. Lent affords the Christian an intentional time of year to spend in prayer, service, and fasting so that the Christian may re-order their life around what is truly important and regain perspective by putting first things first. The Oxford Don, C.S. Lewis had something to say […]

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Feb

12

The Colson Way

“I never got to meet Chuck Colson. I wish I had,” writes Owen Strachan, author of The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World. After reading this book, I was left with that exact same sentiment, I wish I had met Chuck Colson. And in a way, Strachan makes it feel as if you had met him. While the book focuses on Colson’s life, it is not entirely biographical in nature. Strachan tells Colson’s story as a way to motive the reader to action. This book is as much about Colson’s life and his engagement with the culture through the lens of his Christian […]

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