Jesus, in Matthew 22:44, quotes Psalm 110:1: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet. John Calvin’s stated the following regarding Jesus’ words. “The LORD said to my Lord. Here the Holy Spirit puts into the mouth of all the godly a song triumph …

August 17, 2012

NoahOn Tuesday August 7th, a five-month old boy, Joel Gray, tragically died in the Nashville area. I can only begin to imagine the guilt and grief that the parents feel, given the gut-wrenching circumstances surrounding Joel’s death, and how hard it must be for them. I pray that, in ways beyond …

July 11, 2012

In reading Flannery O’Connor this summer in conjunction with an ongoing reading and discussion over on Jonathan Roger’s blog, I came across this especially poignant passage from The Artificial Nigger. Of course, it has more impact within the greater context of the story, but makes a certain …

Rambling Review: Brave

I had a mix of expectations when going to see Pixar’s newest film, Brave, this afternoon with my wife and oldest boys. An original story featuring a heroine was intriguing to me, given that Pixar had not done so to date, and to set it in Scotland looked even better. I stayed away from reviews …

June 20, 2012

I suppose it has been a busy couple of years, which can partly explain why I haven’t taken the time to post some of the stories we’ve discovered or particularly enjoy reading – or more correctly, the stories the children want to hear. So here are two that stand out in particular of late. The …

“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.” That’s about the best way to describe The Avengers. Go see it on the big screen, and you will be glad that you did. While I would not say it is the best comic book movie I have ever seen (The Dark Night still holds that spot in my mind, and Batman Begins might be second …

Judging by some of the recent headlines, you would be led to think that John Carter is a a great disappointment as a movie; that it is not worth seeing; and that people must be leaving movie theaters all over the United States wishing they could get their money back. Quite the opposite is true …

March 14, 2012

Finally got around to watching Hugo. On the whole, I liked it. Beautiful visually; well-acted; and actually had some character development. However, I thought it dragged somewhat, especially the first hour, so I wasn’t as engrossed by the film as I might have hoped or was even willing to be. This …

March 8, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the relationship between obedience and trust. When my children obey the commands that they are given, I am all the more inclined to trust them. When they do not obey, that develops a certain level of distrust. Of course, we want to be able to trust our …

“Who is this who was born in Bethlehem and now is steadfastly headed for Jerusalem? This is the one who by being crucified and raised will fulfill all that the scriptures have promised. Before the curtain goes up on the action of a dramatic opera, the orchestra plays an overture that hints at the …

Remarks regarding Daniel 4: “The Church must seek to be Belteshazzars, men who have the ear of the secular rulers and are ready to help them. But they must speak as Daniels, bringing the Bible and the God of the Bible, and nothing less than these, not vague principles, before the minds of such …

February 2, the fortieth day of the nativity, commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:22-40) in accord with the legislation of Leviticus 12:2-8 concerning the firstborn male. Central to this occasion are the two great worthies, Simeon and Anna, whose patient faith is rewarded …