Dog Stained Glass Clocks

Dog Stained Glass Clocks

Our family was gathered in the kitchen/dining area of our home, doing some general cleanup. The others became quite concerned when they heard me cry out, “This is just awful!” I was looking at this ad, which came with this month’s Reader’s Digest: “Dog Stained Glass Clocks.” Once I showed them what I was looking at, we all had a good laugh together. Somebody at the Danbury Mint needs a better copy editor. It reminds me of another instance of…

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Touchstone Magazine

Touchstone Magazine

Magazine Review In about two or three months Touchstone Magazine will be printing my review of The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case For the Existence of the Soul, by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary. I was a subscriber to the magazine long before the possibility of writing for it came up. What I’ve always appreciated about it is its thinking Christian eclecticism. This is not the kind of religious eclecticism that borrows too freely and too widely from various faiths….

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Dr. Phineas Waldolf Steel™: Saner Than He Looks?

Dr. Phineas Waldolf Steel™: Saner Than He Looks?

[Update: welcome to my visitors from Encyclopedia Dramatica. I know you’re checking out this blog because someone there thinks I’m taking Dr. Steel way too seriously. Hey, how about giving me a break, and not take me too seriously yourself! Like I said in the first paragraph, I wrote this because somebody emailed me and asked me to comment on the things that he’s saying. I had never heard of him before that. And look at the first five words…

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Compass Fading

Compass Fading

From Kicking at the Darkness: I’m chasing the mystery. That’s a healthy response to The Golden Compass, from a blogger who finds the movie’s Magisterium more reminiscent of the New Atheist authors (“who discourage and deride any and every exploration of faith”) than of the Church. It’s a considerably better balanced view than, say, this: Censorship is based in fear. If you are afraid that something you see or read may threaten your faith, do not see or read those…

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The Other Side of Christianity

The Other Side of Christianity

Phillip Pullman’s take on the Church is unremittingly, unrelentingly negative; so much so that it seems that even for a nonbeliever, such a one-dimensional view would be boring at best. It goes beyond caricature. This evening I’ll be leading the first of two library book discussions on His Dark Materials. Part of the plan is to give a perspective to balance Pullman’s one-sided view. I certainly wouldn’t say the Church’s record has been unblemished. But Christianity has not been, if…

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Not Another!

Not Another!

2 Shootings in Colorado at Christian Sites – New York Times: A gunman killed two people at a training center dormitory for young Christian missionaries early Sunday after being told he couldn’t spend the night, and hours later four people were shot outside a church in Colorado Springs. It was not immediately known whether the shootings, about 65 miles apart, were related. Technorati Tags: Persecution

The Most Ironic Thing Said So Far About The Golden Compass

The Most Ironic Thing Said So Far About The Golden Compass

Irony from the The Numbers News on The Golden Compass: Only a miracle can save it now. That’s the last thing Pullman believes in… Somewhere last week a reviewer or blogger said the film lacked “magic.” That’s ironic too, in view of its witches, daemons, and alethiometer. I haven’t seen the book yet, but I can guess what’s missing. What is this “magic”? The same reviewer (if I recall correctly) said it was there in Narnia and The Lord of…

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Pray for YWAM!

Pray for YWAM!

Gunman Kills 2 at Missionary Center Near Denver – New York Times: Two missionaries-in-training were killed early today and two more were wounded when a gunman burst into a residence hall at the Youth With a Mission center in the Denver suburb of Arvada, the police said. Police officials said they did not know whether the shooting was at random of if individuals were targeted. The gunman is still being sought. Technorati Tags: missions, Persecution

After All This Blog Upgrading

After All This Blog Upgrading

It was a flurry of work for me to get this blog up to speed on the new web system, and a few other writing deadlines landed on top of the whole project. I feel like a have a brand-new car raring to go, but I can’t get it out of the garage because there are too many chores to do around the house. Actually, that’s more than a metaphor: there may not be a new car in the garage,…

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