Felix Felicis and the Providence of God in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

As a Bible and theology professor, I receive a lot of questions. And over time, I find that certain questions perplex and gnaw at students more often than others. Likely one of the most frequent questions (and also most urgent) I have received from students relates to the way in which the Bible affirms both divine sovereignty and human freedom. Many students feel the tension … Continue reading Felix Felicis and the Providence of God in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Classical Roundup – November 9th, 2018

The Classical Roundup is a group of worthwhile articles, videos, and podcasts that I have found helpful on our journey of exploring classical Christian education in the 21stcentury.   Christopher Perrin – The Teacher that makes the Difference   Toby Sumpter – Blood Bought World Sample Reading   Rick Shaeffer – The Importance of J. R. R. Tolkien   From ISM – The Difference Between Faculty Growth … Continue reading Classical Roundup – November 9th, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance of Confusion: Obedience Clouded by Culture and the Importance of Memory for Virtuous Living in The Silver Chair (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Have you ever found yourself in a moment, having just sinned, and you can’t explain for the life of you why you have just done what you did? I know I have. In fact, most sin in my life is of this kind. I don’t want to sin, and yet sin continues to wage war against me and I sometimes lose that battle. I know … Continue reading Cloudy with a Chance of Confusion: Obedience Clouded by Culture and the Importance of Memory for Virtuous Living in The Silver Chair (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Educational Decree #24 (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 4) When Dolores Umbridge begins to suspect that students are meeting to subvert her authority, she uses her position as Hogwarts High Inquisitor to take action regarding student organizations. Educational Decree #24 states: “All Student Organizations, Societies, Teams, Groups, and Clubs are henceforth disbanded. An Organization, Society, Team, Group, or Club is hereby defined as a regular … Continue reading Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Follow the Leader, Even When He’s Invisible: Discipleship in Prince Caspian (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction)

I sometimes wonder how I would have responded if Jesus had walked up near my fishing boat and said “Follow me.” Our willingness to follow anyone is mostly dependent on who we believe them to be and whether or not they are worth following. When it comes to Jesus, the depth of our commitment, the strength of our courage, and the sincerity of our love … Continue reading Follow the Leader, Even When He’s Invisible: Discipleship in Prince Caspian (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction)

Meaningful Teacher Evaluations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3)

Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3 In this article I continue the series regarding how Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can give insight and/or start conversation about classical Christian education. Last week I explored how Educational Decree #22 raised questions about the role of the government in public and private schools. This week we take a look at Educational Decree #23 where Dolores … Continue reading Meaningful Teacher Evaluations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3)

Bent Out of Shape: The Nature of Sin in Out of the Silent Planet (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

 I have found in my experience that most people, even unbelievers, are fine with admitting they are sinners (though they disagree on what constitutes sin), but few really want to define what that means. I wouldn’t expect an unbeliever to understand the depths of sin, but I would hope that we as believers could do better. Often we can’t. Too often we view sin in … Continue reading Bent Out of Shape: The Nature of Sin in Out of the Silent Planet (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)