Category Archives: Commonplace Book

“We Want to Play the Music”

As the year comes to an end, I find myself with a short stack of articles and essays that I never quite got around to writing about here.  One of them was yesterday’s question of religious language through Jonathan Merritt’s … Continue reading

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Chesterton and “the World’s Inn”

The season of Christmas continues for many even as others see it as three-days gone.  Here’s another Chesterton poem for the season from The Spirit of Christmas.  It’s an interesting thought, really, that places the Christ Child at a particular … Continue reading

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Reflecting on John

Today many Christians around the world spent time reflecting on the life of John the Evangelist, the apostle who penned a gospel and three letters found in the New Testament.  John is a fascinating figure on multiple levels, particularly with … Continue reading

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Season’s Readings: 2018 Edition

One thing I’m trying to do a little more of as I get older is to establish some set “reading patterns” for different parts of the year.  Holidays are often geared that way, of course.  Then you work in classics … Continue reading

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Lewis on Literature

Fall break has broken.  It came to an end last night with church, some orange chicken with  steamed rice, laundry, and the final pages of C. S. Lewis’s The Discarded Image.  The book, Lewis’s attempt at writing a “primer” for … Continue reading

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The Joy of Teaching

What started out as a quote about the particular love of teaching turned into a call for something more from pastors.  From VanHoozer and Strachan’s The Pastor as Public Theologian: Stanley Woodworth, my high school French teacher, once described the … Continue reading

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A Sort Of Wizards Duel

This week some of my students will start to read C. S. Lewis’s “The Weight of Glory.”  Every year I read it with my students, I seem to find something new or just askew enough to strike me deeply.  The … Continue reading

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