Carl Grimes, Hope and Merry Christmas


At the end of the mid-season finale of the 8th season AMC's The Walking Dead, Carl Grimes reveals that he's been bitten. Fans are upset. 50,000 fans have signed a petition to remove showrunner Scott Gimple from the show. Why are they so upset? I think it's because children, Rick's...

Why Tolkien?


A few pastors from my church are very wise and godly men; they are literate and literary, discerning and spiritually intuitive--then we have those who hosted this past week’s Extra Podcast. I can forgive their derision of Star Wars fandom and can the ridiculous claim that Episodes I-III are terrible--evidenced by...

I couldn’t lose this one.


A few of my students were quite upset at the tone of the article we took up in class.  The subject was social media and the author wasn't very positive about some of the effects that continuous access to the internet and social media has on young people.  When I said...

The Bible: The Spoken Word or Revelation of God?


Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), I don't recall ever hearing the term "inerrancy," not from the pulpit, and not in catechism classes or at youth conferences.  At Calvin College, I stayed up many nights until 3 am arguing and discussing all sorts of faith and theological issues,...

Laptops in the Classroom


As a teacher with a classroom full of laptops, I had to read the article in my Twitter feed entitled--"Ban the Laptops, Yes."   This article by Mark Bauerlein cites a study that appeared in Education Next, under the title “Should Professors Ban Laptops?” which suggests that the implementation of classroom technologies, such...

Why Christians Might Watch Game of Thrones


  Kevin De Young stated recently that he didn't understand Christians watching Game of Thrones.  From the comments, it's obvious that this is a bit of a contentious issue.  I don't think that Kevin De Young is necessarily wrong, but I do think that there is one reason why some...

My Question about Dunkirk


  A few quick thoughts on Dunkirk (no spoilers) Incredible film--go see it. In Dunkirk, we see people under stress. Under this stress, some people respond well, others not so well. Everyone in the audience agrees when a person does something good, and when a person behaves badly. When someone...

The Gospel According to Wonder Woman


I like nearly all of the superhero movies that have inundated the summer cinema for the last decade, but this one might be my favourite. For one thing, it is set in Europe during the First World War.  I've been interested in The Great War since a veteran came to...

I Still Love Audible Books


I have kept up with my "reading" on Audible Books for another year. Still climbing my local mountain. There is some concern that I won't hear the bears, but so far I have seen them a long way off so my sense of hearing has not, so far, been necessary....

The Flip Side of Weakness


I attended the wedding of a friend last weekend.  The message was very short, but beautiful and, to be honest, nothing more needed to be said. Everyone who has been married knows that living in such close proximity with another sinner is bound to bring out ones limitations.  How are...