Did you know that C.S Lewis loved Beatrix Potter’s books when he was a young child? In Surprised By Joy he described an early stab of joy after reading Squirrel Nutkin. Now, few people believe Squirrel Nutkin to be world-changing stuff. It’s just a silly story. But what about The Chronicles of Narnia? What about The Abolition of Man? Till We Have Faces? Mere Christianity? OK, now it’s getting … [Read more...] about You Are Not C.S. Lewis
My latest post is up at For the Family. (I was out of town when it actually posted, so I'm a little late to share...) I have always wanted to be a husband and father. I love it. In no other calling do I feel quite as secure and delighted. (Note: I have exactly zero teenagers.) I am a family man. I’m not the poster boy for a family man, but I’m his eager, bespectacled understudy. I love my own … [Read more...] about Against the Family at For the Family
Hey Friends, I'm delighted to be a contributor over at For the Family, a new site designed to serve people who are seeking to build God-honoring homes. I'm for that. Pat and Ruth Schwenk are some good eggs and I'm very grateful to be on this team. Clay Clarkson was my avenue there and I basically just do whatever Clay says. Anyway, this is the beginning of my first post there. I thought it was … [Read more...] about News: Thinking Small at For the Family
I am often tempted to start sentences with the phrase, "What's wrong with this country is..." and then finish with what I think is wrong with this country. Then I usually want to add how mad I am about it. I'm fed up, I might say. Can we last must longer if we do this? I might add. I may even allude to sacred forefathers sacredly rolling over in their sacred graves. This is because it's pretty … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong With This Country?
Dear Parent, Hello! I’m your child’s new soccer coach for this season. I love soccer and have played for many years on a couple of different continents (ooh, impressive!), mostly many years ago. At present, the two best parts of my game are tripping over the ball and getting hurt. Sometimes, defying the critics, I do both at once. Despite my own limits, I believe I have something to offer … [Read more...] about A Note to The Parents of the Kids On My Soccer Team
Well, this is special. You are, for some strange reason, reading my 1,000th post at this blog. I started blogging many moons ago and now have a garage-full of posts to be half-embarrassed and half-proud of. OK, maybe not half and half. I'll leave it up to you which is more likely, the pride, or embarrassment. I have always struggled between those two things, really. I aim to be neither. I want to … [Read more...] about A Crooked Finger Pointing: My 1,000th Post
My daughter knows I’m thinking about her because, every night, I move the turtle. Let me explain. One night our family watched a documentary about the life of a sea turtle. Afterwards, their little plastic toy turtle (named "Sparky") became a focus of attention for us. We joked about his life and his journey and this led, first to some laughs, then a game. For some reason, we joked about the … [Read more...] about Moving the Turtle
Note: This was originally posted in 2010, but has been polished up a little. A very little. --Sam Advent is upon us once more. For those not familiar with (or frightened by) Advent, it’s not something only Roman Catholics do, but an ancient Christian celebration (begun in 380 AD, I’m told) that is growing in popularity among ordinary evangelicals like me. For some reason, a lot of people ask us … [Read more...] about Advent: Living On Purpose