From Philip Yancey's award-winning book, "The Jesus I Never Knew": "When the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci went to China in the sixteenth century, he brought along samples of religious art to illustrate the Christian story for people who had never heard it. The Chinese readily adopted portraits of the Virgin Mary holding her child, but … Continue reading Bethlehem Happened for One Reason: Calvary
A professor of mine, Dr. Michael Ward (University of Oxford), recently wrote a timely article entitled, "C.S. Lewis and the Art of Arguing." In light of how hostile and acrimonious debate can become on social media, I thought a couple of quotes from the essay might provide food-for-thought next time someone challenges your political or … Continue reading Social Media, Lewis and the Art of Disagreement
Christmas, 2012, was the last time I helped decorate our tree. Since our 19 year old son, Jordan, died the following May, decorating the tree is something I/we have simply been unable to do. Our tree is not a "decorative showpiece" like you see so beautifully decorated in some homes. Almost every ornament on our … Continue reading Christ, Christmas & the Loss of a Child
I once saw an interview with actor, Anthony Hopkins. Asked about life & death, he, like many others, said he believed, in essence: we live, we die, and then - that's it. Nothing else. Of course, no one can, with authority, satisfy the question, "What happens when we die?" Studying for a talk I gave … Continue reading What Happens When We Die?