“R” Rated Movies


It happened again today. I sometimes show clips from movies to illustrate the tools we use for literature can be pulled out of the tool box for engaging movies as well.  Today’s lesson was Allusion.  I had just hit play on the movie There Will Be Blood (2007) and the...

Dog Poop in the Brownies: How to read Philippians 4:8


I attended a youth event when I was in high school.  The speaker was a youngish, cool youth pastor and he challenged us to get rid of all our secular music.  He said it had to be destroyed; selling it or giving it away would just spread the evil.  He...

Finding Nemo and The Belly of the Whale


My students use the word epic to describe anything that is really awesome.  You might be surprised to know that Finding Nemo has a lot in common with some of the stories which are legitimate epics.   Like the Aeneid and Odyssey, Finding Nemo is about a hero on a journey. ...

Zeroes in School Teach Life?


An Edmonton teacher feels so strongly about the importance of giving zeroes to students who don’t complete work, that he is putting his job on the line.  The “Hero of Zero” is 35 year veteran physics teacher, Lynden Dorval.  [Read more]  The public is behind him. The CTV news poll...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (4) – Redemption


“And they lived happily ever after.”  In fairy tales, the good are elevated to their rightful position and the universal longing is satisfied.  So gratifying is the happily-ever-after ending that, not only does nearly every fairy tale end with it, but almost every story we tell. In Notting Hill, when...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (3) – Fall


Of all the evil characters in fairy tales, I found the Red Riding Hood’s wolf the scariest. He’s been called the “Big Bad Wolf,” but that name evokes a canine domesticated by the animator’s pen.  The wolf I encountered alone in the deep dark woods of my imagination, while being...

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...