Essay / Education

The Abundant Style of Erasmus

I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say "thanks for your letter," so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance's prime movers was thinking…

Essay / Blog

Remembering Chris Mitchell

On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to…

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Essay / Misc.

In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

“We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has…

Essay / Literature

Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

“Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In…

Essay / Culture

I Believe in the Communion of (Global) Saints: Writing World Christianity

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out…

Essay / Philosophy

Loving Life Under the Sun

“Vanity, all is vanity” is the theme of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes, the fruit of wide experience and deep reflection. Pleasure, folly, great projects, householding, riches, opulence, art, sex, honor, public works, all fall under the same verdict: there is…

Essay / Theology

Thanks for the Ephesians

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; ~Ephesians 1:15, 16 Because the Ephesian believers…

Essay / Theology

Theses on the Revelation of the Trinity

As I've been working on a large writing project on the doctrine of the Trinity (The Triune God in Zondervan's New Studies in Dogmatics series), one of the things that has increasingly called for attention is the peculiarity of the…

Essay / Theology

The Voices of the Father and the Son

To interpret the Bible correctly, one of the skills you need to develop is the ability to discern the voices of God the Father and God the Son, speaking about each other and to each other, in the words of the…

Essay / Theology

A Push and Pull in Trinity & Christology (3,2,1)

Theologian Brian Daley points out a curious feature of what happens when the doctrines of the Trinity and christology are (as they ought to be) put together. Each doctrine exerts a pressure on the other, so that anything you do…

Essay / Theology

How's Life Treatin' Ya?

The eminent philosopher Bertram Wilberforce Wooster once wrote, I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I…