Recovering a sense of amazement…

 For example, in the Narnia series Aslan is not a fictitious representation of the doctrine of God or an abstract picture of God.  Aslan is Aslan.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Yet, in the character of Aslan shines forth something that reminds us of God—a God who is good, but...

Rehabilitation of the imagination

Some have concluded that Lewis, in writing the Narnia books, intended to write a clear and direct allegory of the Christian story; to teach or preach the Christian message through story.  This is not exactly true.  One of Lewis’ primary objective was to “rehabilitate the modern imagination.”  We live...

Soul Killing

In a world where everything is written down in words, where important truths are remembered in catchy phrases and soundbites, and where the patient work of thinking through an issues thoroughly is a skill unpracticed and forgotten by many, the power of imagination has been altered and reduced to...

Imagination and Reason

People often gain more spiritual truth and satisfaction from myth than from the written doctrinal codes of their own religion.  In story, the imagination is activated and the door is wide open for meaning and understanding to enter in.  ...

Becoming who God intended me to be

When I was younger (a young boy up into my early adulthood) I was terrified of speaking or singing in front of people.  I could tell multiple stories of Christmas programs, school speeches, solos and other occasions where my knees shook and my voice quivered to the point where...

One of my goals…

One of my goals for 2017 is to be more diligent in writing my online journal and reflections.  I’ve done this in the past but it has been quite some time since I’ve done it regularly.   In an ideal world, I would commit to writing daily, but the reality...

Meaning and Understanding

The opposite of “meaning” is not “untruth”.  The opposite of “meaning” is “nonsense” also known in some circles as nonsensical, gibberish, baloney or gobblygook.  In other words the opposite of “meaning” or “meaningful” is that which has no clear meaning.  Meaning is the pre-condition for both truth and falseness....

Where is meaning found?

In Western societies it is becoming more and more commonplace in education, religion and general society to encourage people to find their own meaning....

Law and Love — Moses and Jesus

Today’s entry is somewhat short simply because I want to emphasize one simple and important truth–and not bog it down or drown it with too much “other stuff.” For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ…He has revealed God to...

So…how do I “do Sabbath?” (Part B)

Here are some practical ideas for how to plan Sabbath, practice Sabbath, and protect Sabbath.  These are only ideas. I invite you to add you own and adapt what is here to fit with your particular situation....