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The Abolition of Man, Part Three

Part One. Part Two. In the second essay of The Abolition of Man, “The Way,” Lewis showed that humanity seemed to have only one stable code of ethics, one set of standards for determining what’s good.  Though it goes by many names, western tradition calls it Natural Law, but Lewis tagged it the Tao, as […]

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The Writer's Ego

Don’t do it! they say. I never do it, claim the most successful. I don’t do it often, but every now and then it can be instructive to search my own name online (I would say, “to Google myself,” except that sounds a bit naughty). It’s not something anyone should set aside time for, but […]

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The New Face of Feminism

The suffrage movement in the early 20th century was about giving women the vote.  The feminist movement of the 1970s, beginning with Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique and cresting with the Roe v. Wade decision, was about giving women career opportunities.  The latest women’s movement, inspired by the election of Donald Trump, is about . […]

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Good Friday

Let the scriptures be fulfilled, he said, when they came to take him away.  What scriptures?  Well, all of it.  All of Scripture is a wrestling match between God and man: how can a holy God accommodate sinful people?  You sense the struggle between love and justice throughout the Old Testament: “I hate, I despise […]

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Traveling Light

I’m packing for a trip (to find out where to, subscribe to my newsletter!).  It involves air travel, meaning extra care in packing, because 1) you have to be careful about banned items—I learned that the hard way involving a $500 fine, and 2) most airlines charge you for checked bags.  The airline I’m using […]

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Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

Daydream about it a lot. Talk about your story idea. Write three pages every three months—not necessarily of the same story. Stop talking about your story idea. Think about it some more. This is cheating, a little: you won’t actually become a writer but you can think of yourself as one.  And you’ll have to […]

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My Visit to The Shack

The Shack is again a topic of conversation with the opening of the movie version last weekend (as well as new publications like The Shack Revisited and The Shack Reflections).  I won’t see the movie, but I did read the book.  This review is adapted from my original thoughts: “What’s up with this book?” asked the […]

Happy New Year--Again??

Create in me O God a pure heart And grant a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence And turn not your holy spirit from me                                                 Psalm 51:10-11 The Hebrew word for “create”—Ba ra’—is reserved for God as something only he can do.  It is not mere making, or rearranging […]

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From His Own Mouth

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes.  And they led him away to their council, and they said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.”  Luke 22:66-67a It has been a long night.  Everyone is exhausted. Later, that will be their excuse, if they […]

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Lord, Look at Me

And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowd.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter remembered . . .  Luke 22:60b-61a The deed is done, the words said— Those words, crowding my mouth, clamoring to get out, and where did they come from? What secret sniveling ghost of my heart […]