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Day Five: Uncle Orson’s Fiction Boot Camp

“In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for spiritual. And Jesus never used the phrase spiritual life. Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual.  Everything is spiritual.” – Rob Bell Have you ever had a moment when you discover spiritual truth in an unexpected way?…

Wandering Planets

“Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night; God said Let Newton be! and all was light.” Alexander Pope (1688–1744), British satirical poet.  Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey (1730).   During Galileo’s childhood, the most widely accepted belief about the mechanism to explain planetary motion was that planets rode on an eternally unchanging…

Dear pastor, please open mouth and insert foot.

Please read and carefully consider this scripture: Wherefore Jesus also, that He should be hallowing the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Now then, we may be coming out to Him outside the camp, carrying His reproach.  Hebrews 13:12-13. The other day I listened to a local…

The Diamond Necklace

Many people hear the word “Marxism” or the name “Karl Marx” and think of communism and Lenin’s atrocities.  Plus, Marxism is decidedly atheistic and amoral.  So, there are plenty of reasons for any decent Christian to stiff-arm Marxism, right?  Not necessarily.  Karl Marx and Jesus Christ have more ideas in…

Hand-Smacking, Scissor-Snatching

The last time I’d gone for a professional pedicure was almost a year ago, for our daughter’s wedding, so when I went last week, it seemed to me to be a little piece of heaven.  I never expected to find blogging material there, but as I said in Ten Tips…

The Dispossessed

For my Science Fiction Literature class at UCF, we were assigned a book to read every two weeks.  Most of the books were interesting in one way or another, but none of them could hold a candle to The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin.  An excellent book which I highly…

You Can’t Kill God’s Idea

“Our cultural fascination with vampires […] runs the gamut from movies to romance novels,” says Russell D. Moore. “Our culture is fascinated, and yet repulsed, by blood. That’s why the flickering image of blood running down a shower drain is the scariest scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.”  Moore’s talk about…