Strategic Retreat

Strategic Retreat

It started with a fire on the stove. A moment’s inattention to some oil and three kernels of popcorn in a pot. Never mind, clap the lid on, set the pot outside! The smoke alarm never even went off, but there was still enough soot to grime up the kitchen,...

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What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

If you don’t like spoilers beforehand for your books or movies, then read no further in this post! Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newberry-winning novel for young adults, The Giver, tapped into the dystopian tradition of Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, long before the Hunger Games books and movies became the...

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Believing and Knowing

Believing and Knowing

“I believe this man is a living saint!” “Our people are the good guys—those other people are the ones doing wrong!” What if you believe that someone is not what they appear to be? If you believe that a certain man is a ‘living saint’ and not the ordinary flawed,...

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Seeing Icons and Being Icons

Seeing Icons and Being Icons

Someone I know once had to bring an icon across the border from the US to Canada, the declaration of which posed a bit of a problem for the border administration. The customs officer wasn’t sure what category it should be placed in, and after some searching through the database...

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Fact, Fiction and Phariseeism

Fact, Fiction and Phariseeism

Can a story be ‘true’ without being factual or historical? Certainly—as we all know, Jesus taught with parables; indeed, He hardly taught anything –without- using parables. We can even find truth –in- all kinds of stories we might not call ‘true’—for instance, in pagan myths, or in contemporary fiction or...

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