The Road Winds Ever Onward 1800 miles later, we’re in St. Louis getting ready to head over to a Cardinals game. It’s warm… in the 90s with substantial humidity. A few notes on the ride over: Montana gets the award for the most internet networks so far. As we were driving through, we couldn’t really…

Armed with a flyswatter and a handful of rocks

Two Fairy Stories Just finished working on an audio book project for Canon Press this week. I had the privilege of reading Peter Leithart’s book Wise Words. Having never read it before, I wasn’t entirely sure what the stories might be like, but as with all of Peter’s stuff, I must say that I am…

Here’s River at Grandad’s house last weekend.

Stubborn Gratitude One of the most wonderful things I’ve learned here in Moscow is the importance of gratitude. I’ve been reading Robert Farrar Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb recently (there’ll be another post on it shortly), and one of the things I was struck by is how Capon exudes gratitude for the particular. He…

Hothouse Extremism The following excerpt is from The Screwtape Letters. Remember it is Screwtape (a devil) who is writing his young apprentice devil, advising him how to tempt, muddle and discourage his “patient”, a recent convert to the Christian faith. “All extremes except extreme devotion to the Enemy are to be encouraged. Not always, of…

A Baby Horse This evening after dinner, I began telling my son about the story of Adam and Eve. I began by explaining about the garden, all the sorts of things that would likely have been there, finishing up with of course, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I also explained that…

Screwtape Wisdom I have been reading The Screwtape Letters by Lewis this week with my students. In an early part of the book, Screwtape (a devil character) writes about what he calls the Law of Undulation. This is the ordinary way God sanctifies His people, through ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Screwtape writes that…

Stayin’ Alive The fact of the matter is that I’ve just been too busy. As many of you know, we’re moving across the country in less than four weeks. School is busy, as I’m trying to do as much as possible to ensure a smooth transition in my absence, and well you know… things. I’ll…