In Defense of Fairy Tales (2) – Creation


We get a lot of rain in south western BC so we often talk about it, often disparagingly.  We fail to see magic anymore—even when it drops out of the sky and hits us on the head. We think about rain in the same way we have been trained to...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (1) – Introduction


Many years ago, I had to defend the use of Madeleine_L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time for use in my 7th grade classroom.  Fortunately, the key figure in the battle was so exhausted from a prolongued war in another school district that they no longer had the energy to wage this war again.  Later,...

Christian Tipping


Overheard one morning in a New York Subway near Broadway:  “I only made eleven dollars last night because it was a gospel show and the people only wanted the complimentary ice tea and they wanted it now!” This young man experienced what so many in the service industry already know—when...

Why Christian Education? (Part 2)


Read: Why Christian Education? (Part 1) Several years ago, my pastor at the time, and friend, and I had a long discussion regarding Christian Education. He felt that for Christian parents to send their children to a Christian school was dualist (in the sense that the things of Christ are...

Why Christian Education? (Part 1)


I was at a church service some months back and a guest pastor was, in essence, exhorting the congregation to get out of their Christian ghetto and do some good for the world.  He has a point, of course.  It’s easy to live in the suburbs and surround ourselves with...

Celebrating Diversity?


I was settling down to watch the 2012 Euro Cup final and a McDonald’s commercial came on.  Have you seen this one?  Watch video It is clearly exploiting the international flavor of the football tournament.  An American hipster approaches an exotically attired man on the street of some faraway land...

(Bad) Theology on a Bookmark


I couldn’t find my copy of The Screwtape Letters which I have been reading with my English class so I picked up a Bible that was sitting close by.  As I was turning to Psalm 51 I came across a little slip of paper that someone had presumably used as...

KD and Bud and Sex


Kraft Dinner is an abomination.  I'm not kidding; it disgusts me.  It didn’t used to. When we first moved off campus, my college roommates and I didn’t mind eating it, frequently.  The convenience of the stuff eclipsed all other considerations—taste for instance. We did eventually tire of it, so we...

Objectification of the Onion


The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon is the most remarkable cookbooks that I’ve ever read. For one thing, it has hardly any recipes in it. Most of the book is a reflection on food, life, the world and everything, while patiently describing the preparation of a lamb...