Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Coffee House Digression

Sometimes Starbucks is the best place to do my marking. Other times, it is the worst portable desk I can find. A couple of years ago, coming here meant constant interruption by friends and colleagues, but now it isn’t so … Continue reading

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A Disappointed Review of the DVD Series “Saving Jesus Redux”

I have written hundreds of reviews, and most of them have been positive. I am quite hard on academic authors, but still work hard to accentuate the positive. When I was a music reviewer, there were a few albums I … Continue reading

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“Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said” by C.S. Lewis

Perhaps no one would be more surprised than C.S. Lewis himself at the success of his classic children’s stories, The Chronicles of Narnia. Hundreds of millions of copies of the Narnian tales have been sold, and they are read and … Continue reading

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Impossible Beauty: Screwtape’s Cover Girl Message for the World

I’m sure these people exist somewhere in the world. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have body image issues. Certainly I don’t know any women who don’t admit to feeling inferior in the shadow of Cover Girl images. Men … Continue reading

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How C.S. Lewis Conceived of “The Screwtape Letters”

In my chronological reading of C.S. Lewis’ works, I have finally come to the letters where he describes how he thought of The Screwtape Letters. This letter to his brother has caused a lot of confusion over the years, and … Continue reading

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“From Middle Earth to the Garden of Eden” An Inklings Class (by Distance)

I am excited to announce that I have a class on culture and ideas beginning tonight called, “From Middle Earth to the Garden of Eden: Thoughts on Faith and Culture from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” Most of you don’t … Continue reading

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Great Links: Joel Heck’s C.S. Lewis Site and Calendar

As part of my Great Links occasional feature, Joel Heck’s website is certainly worth highlighting. Dr. Heck is a theology and Bible professor at the Concordia University of Texas and a long time reader of C.S. Lewis. I have reviewed … Continue reading

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Art as a Battle, and a Dozen Other Things

It is a new image for me, the idea of art as a battle. Writing is not that for me. It is hard, to be sure. Some of my most difficult moments are in the sculpting of images into words. … Continue reading

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A Small Circle of Blog Friends

As we slide into this New Year, I thought I would share some of the other bloggers and websites I’m networked with. Thanks to WordPress stats, I can track these things pretty easily. Here is my small circle of blog … Continue reading

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2013 in Review (Some Weird Stats from the WordPress People)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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