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)

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)

Can’t Beat the Real Thing: Rejecting Cheap Imitations of Christ in The Last Battle (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

I once had an encounter with a street evangelist who told me that the only true Bible was the King James Version. After thirty minutes, despite him admitting that the Bible was written in Hebrew and Greek, I had made no progress in convincing him of the reliability of other translations. As I walked away, however, he not only accused me of reading the wrong … Continue reading Can’t Beat the Real Thing: Rejecting Cheap Imitations of Christ in The Last Battle (Theology Through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

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)

Going Back to High School

Last week I celebrated two years since my PhD graduation. It’s hard to believe that after pre-K through doctorate, with only two short breaks (one year between college and masters, and six months between masters and PhD) in between, I am forever done with my formal education. In fact, it has now been over four years since my last PhD seminar. I thought about this … Continue reading Going Back to High School

How to Walk Upside Down, Sideways, and at an Angle (Tread the Dawn Series)

This is the launch of a news series of blogs called “Tread the Dawn”. The blogs in this series are inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Have you ever hung upside down with your feet attached to the floor? What about straight sideways, yet maintaining a standing position? What about an angle somewhere between upside down and straight out? These may sound … Continue reading How to Walk Upside Down, Sideways, and at an Angle (Tread the Dawn Series)

You Can’t Handle the Truth: Susan and Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness in The Last Battle (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction)

One of the more emotional and heart-wrenching exchanges in the Chronicles of Narnia comes near the end of The Last Battle. King Tirian is desperately fighting against the deceptive ape, Shift, who has convinced much of Narnia that Aslan and Tash are the same. The deception has brought utter chaos to Narnia and Tirian finds himself uncertain how he can turn the tide. In the … Continue reading You Can’t Handle the Truth: Susan and Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness in The Last Battle (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction)