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This blog grows out of my conviction that every aspect of our lives is sacred and is to be nurtured and celebrated as a good gift of God. Most of the posts will be the sorts of things you would expect from a historian and worldview teacher, but some are likely to be a bit surprising. Since God created all things good, including all aspects of human life, everything is interesting and important from the perspective of a biblical worldview. Everything under the Sun and under Heaven is thus fair game here. I hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Discovery Bible Study and Lectio Divina

This pair of articles from the Worldview Journal (here and here) are my first foray into a larger project dealing with developing a more systematic approach to discipleship. Discovery Bible Study is a relatively new approach to Scripture which focuses on obedience; Lectio Divina is a very ancient approach that involves internalizing Scripture to shape our inner lives and our hearts. Together, they are a powerful combination that helps us both to become what God calls us to be and to do what he tells us to do. The basic instructions for both approaches are in the articles; try them out and if you feel inspired, let me know how they work for you.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Andre and Magda Trocme and the Village of Le-Chambon-sur-Lignon

The latest article in the series Christians who Changed their World is about a village in France during World War II. Led by its Huguenot pastor and his wife, this village and the surrounding area saved the lives of a number of Jews equal to their own population by hiding them from the Nazis and their Vichy collaborators and in some cases smuggling them to Switzerland. It's a great story, and if you haven't heard it yet, you'll want to read the article.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

In honor of Black History Month ...

I've published two new articles in the series, Christians who Changed their World. The first is Josephine Margaret Bakhita, a woman enslaved as a girl in Sudan who eventually found freedom in a convent, and Frederick Douglass, another former slave who became one of America's greatest public intellectuals. Douglass appears on lists of prominent atheists, but if you actually take the time to look at his career and read his own works, his Christian commitments come through loud and clear.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Story of "O Come, O Come, Emanuel" and the "O Antiphons"

The story behind the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emanuel" stretches back at least to the 700s AD and perhaps back to around 500 AD or even earlier. This article tells that story, including explaining the hidden acrostic in the original prayers, and provides a devotional for the seven days preceding Christmas.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Now Thank We All Our God

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. One popular hymn for this holiday is Martin Rinkart's "Now Thank We All Our God." We live in uncertain and dangerous times, and many people are worried about war, terrorism, and other problems facing us today. Rinkart's story and his hymn can help put this in perspective. Read about it here.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Visual Arts and the Bible

My latest article at the Colson Center deals with visual arts, aesthetics, and the Bible's attitude toward them. Christians often seem to avoid art while embracing kitsch and utilitarian architecture. Both modern art and Christians today have forgotten (or intentionally ignore) the importance of beauty. This article points out the Bible's focus on beauty as a reflection of God and an important element of worship.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Katharina von Bora

With the 498th anniversary of the 95 Theses approaching, a piece on the Reformation seemed appropriate. For those of you who don't know her, I'd like to introduce you to Katharina von Bora, a.k.a. Katie Luther, one of the most formidable women of the sixteenth century.