Damn Right I’ve Got The Gospel

Sometimes, the good news is found in unexpectd places. In my own life, I first learned of redemption from the final scenes of Return of the Jedi. But when I was dragged to a church, I was told that God was nothing like the force in Star Wars. Too bad, the force is way cool (Or, epic, as my kids now say). I learned about the nature of sin and the propensity of human beings to cross the boundaries that God has set for us from Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. King’s books were forbidden in my home. So, of course, I got them from my sister. Continue reading “Damn Right I’ve Got The Gospel”

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On Fairy Stories: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jaws, and Jeremy Wade

My recent post┬áthanking Heidi and directing you to her blog, reminded me of the value that many modern influential Christians find in “fairy tales” and “nursery tales.” These authors include J.R.R Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis both of whom read G.K Chesterton and George MacDonald. In turn, these authors have been influential in my thinking and remind me to attend to my imagination. Fairy Stories take us into a world that is not and in doing so they increase our appreciation and awareness of the world that is. As Chesterton notes in Orthodoxy, we read about rivers that flow with jelly and trees that bear diamonds and then we re-discover a world in which rivers flow with fresh waters and trees bear juicy peaches and crisp apples. Continue reading “On Fairy Stories: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jaws, and Jeremy Wade”