The Comic Christ—Our Audacity of Hope

  It’s common knowledge that what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes… Ok, perhaps it’s not common knowledge… Anyway, what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes. A contemporary of Socrates (and partially to blame for Socrates’ execution), Aristophanes blazed the trail for the … Continue reading The Comic Christ—Our Audacity of Hope

FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION

Fracture. When has the word “fracture” been used in a way that we might call a “positive usage”? Indeed, it seems impossible to think of a circumstance in which we refer to something that has been “fractured” as a good thing. Even the word “shattered” can be conceived of in a positive context—as in a pot is shattered by the potter, so that it might … Continue reading FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION

Oh to Christ, the Eternal Eros!

How can we do justice to the Love of Christ? What words can describe the simplicity, the power, the magnanimity of the One True Love? Is His love of the mind only? Certainly not! Is his love thumatic alone? By no means! The Love of Christ subsumes the Mind and the Heart! But what of our appetite? Will our appetite for Christ endure forever or … Continue reading Oh to Christ, the Eternal Eros!

The Fullness of Time

Those who read well, think well. Thus they write well and speak well. In speaking of how Jane Austen based all her writings upon Aristotle’s Ethics, Dr. Warren Gage said, “These people who wrote well, read well.”[1] When it comes down to it, all men are made in the Image of God. Even the most depraved of men have semblances of God’s order in them, … Continue reading The Fullness of Time

Universal Sirens (Tread the Dawn Series)

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there is a scene in which Caspian is determined to go to the world’s end, but the others are trying to reason with him that it is not proper for him to go, for he must return to Narnia to rule justly over his people. Edmund makes the suggestion that they tie and bind Caspian to force him … Continue reading Universal Sirens (Tread the Dawn Series)

The Whole30: How It Relates to Friendship, Lent, and Education

Recently, my neighbor (a dietician by trade and wonderful friend, mother, and wife by occupation) shared an article entitled “A Day in the Life of 5 Intuitive Eaters”. It’s a pretty neat article that illustrates a concept that is rather new to me but seems to make a lot of sense. The concept is, as the title indicates, eating intuitively rather than according to strict … Continue reading The Whole30: How It Relates to Friendship, Lent, and Education

My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Josh Dyson)

Why is it so difficult to rank the top books of the year? First, I have to remember which books I actually read this last year. In reflecting on the question, I realized that some books that I thought I had just read, I actually read in 2015 or 2016. How time flies! Second, upon what basis are they being ranked? Are they being ranked … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Josh Dyson)