Writers are a pretty pathetic bunch. Especially, perhaps, those of us who want to have a book published, but haven't yet. We have these odd tensions that are unresolved, like so many guitar strings tuned to the point of snapping. I don't know if this ever changes, but one thing we writers do is try to convince ourselves that it's everyone's fault but our own when we fail. The excuses erupt. It's … [Read more...] about We Poor, Pathetic Writers and Our Martyr-like Self-delusions
N.D. Wilson answers this and more in this interview...Listen now. I found Wilson's remarks to be very inspiring and very helpful for: 1. Parents looking for discernment about what kids read. 2. Creative people who love the Bible (authors, musicians, etc.). 3. People who want to understand if we should only receive "Christian" media (books, music, films, etc.) and need wisdom on that front. 4. … [Read more...] about Can Christians Tell Good Stories?
Note: Previously posted at the Rabbit Room. As a reader of books who also writes, I often feel a distinct, conflicting emotion when I read great books written by great writers. There is the delight, of course. Here is a person made by God doing something beautiful. Then there is the (often very slight) tinge of despair as I recognize I could never do this. This is less pointed when the genre … [Read more...] about Appreciating Your Betters
I love Luke's "orderly account" of what has been accomplished by Yahweh in the first advent of Christ. We remember the true tale of how the angel Gabriel came to two people (in Luke’s account), one was a priest and the other a virgin. The priest's wife, Elizabeth, and Mary both get a lot of time in the early part of Luke. Both are women whose station in life is in relationship to their husbands … [Read more...] about A Great Man and Two Humble Women
In honor of the holy days ahead and seeing as no one in their right mind is reading blogs and such (even ones as brief as this one) I have decided to shut ‘er down for a week or so after tomorrow’s post. My parting thoughts (except for tomorrow’s post) are thus. Please don’t get too uptight about people saying “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas” –let’s just do our celebrating on … [Read more...] about This Week in Blogging and the “Big Deal” about saying “Happy Holidays”
We're listening to this fine book and this fine series once again right now (first time for my kids), and I'm struck again at how Lewis views so-called "progress." Delightful. This notion is throughout the book, and the series, and indeed in much of Lewis. But here is one exchange that demonstrates it quite nicely. Isn't it alarming what deeply evil things are often veiled in a black fog of … [Read more...] about Caspian X and “Progressives”
Sometimes, when I do some mundane task around the house, I’m tempted to think, “Am I the only one who knows how to do this?” Then I consider my wife, Gina. It’s then I realize I could never win a “Am I the only one who knows how to do this?” pity-party contest. Gina = God’s Mercy. How many other areas in life am I selfishly ignorant of God’s mercy? … [Read more...] about The Mundane and the Merciful
In no particular order... To be tickled a little, but not to where it’s not fun anymore. To really be talked to, not become the confusing butt of a joke for all the adults standing around. To be seen and heard, not always dismissed. To be identified by uplifting, affirming praise before others. “Hey Uncle John, let me tell you about this boy. This boy loves to serve others.” To be given very … [Read more...] about Some Things Kids Like