Essay / Education

Vocabulary Quiz on The Horse and His Boy

A few years ago, I taught the Chronicles of Narnia as part of a college course. I always feel odd teaching a class on books that people read for fun, books with a very high entertainment value. Isn’t that what people outside the academy assume

Essay / Misc.

On Remembering Facebook Friends

Just the other night I was doing something that all middle-aged university professors do on a regular basis – maintaining my Facebook! Yes, I have a presence on Facebook and, yes, on occasion I visit the site to see what all of my “friends” are

Essay / Misc.

Victor Davis Hanson at Biola: Thucydides

Victor Davis Hanson spoke twice at Biola University on October 8. His afternoon lecture was on one of his specialties, the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. Reading Thucydides has been a standard assignment for students in the Torrey Honors Institute for a long

Essay / Culture

Lost Dogs at the End of the Road

My favorite band, The Lost Dogs, just finished up a Route 66 road trip with a beach party concert in Santa Monica. It may not quite count as The American Dream, but winding from Chicago to L.A. on what is now the nostalgic back road

Essay / Literature

Housekeeping

Like her biblical namesake, the Ruth of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping (1980) is a sojourner among strangers. The almost misleading title of the novel suggests that the novel will be concerned with the daily habits that constitute and stabilize domestic life. Instead, the novel’s protagonists inhabit

Essay / Misc.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

The church is a visible reality. Sort of. Evangelicals frequently forget, neglect or disdain the notion of the church’s visibility. This is more often than not a function of an ecclesiological minimalism. We get antsy around institutions and formalities, and we rejoice in the simplicity

Essay / Misc.

Wait in the Means of Grace (John Wesley)

John Wesley was a great theologian of the grace of God, and he knew that grace is an invisible movement in which God sovereignly invades the heart of a believer. You can call it experiental or individualist or pietistic or emotional or whatever else you

Essay / Education

In All Things, Be Fearful

I just returned recently to southern California after a nice, long vacation with my family. As well, I was able to spend two good weeks at the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh, PA. The Institute, run by the Pittsburgh Oratorians, is a research

Essay / Misc.

Why C. S. Lewis Was Smarter Than Me Am

An excerpt from a letter that the 17-year-old C. S. Lewis wrote to his best friend: 12 October 1915 You ask me how I spend my time, and though I am more interested in thoughts and feelings, we’ll come down to facts. I am awakened

Essay / Misc.

Scream No More!!!

John Wesley, in a letter to the American Methodist preacher John King in 1778: Scream no more at peril of your soul. God now warns you by me, whom he has set over you. Speak as earnestly as you can, but do not scream. Speak

Essay / Misc.

When Faces Called Flowers Float Out of the Ground

I’ve been doing a whole lot of reading this summer. When I come up from my books for air I go outside to garden. And, while you readers are likely a bookish lot with whom I could share many bookish observations, I’d rather share with

Essay / Culture

Tangled Up in Blue

An hour ago I unloaded my things after a long drive down the 5, back from three weeks in Berkeley with two other faculty members, their families and thirty-some students. Every year, a crew of Torrey students and faculty live in Utopia, also known as