September 30, 2013

BOLO - Beowulf

This one caught me by surprise. Apparently, Doug Wilson has made a new translation of Beowulf. Be on lookout for it because it's out in October from Canon Press. Preorder it here, and, while you're waiting, check out this piece from Wilson where he gives his take on the Anglo-Saxon epic.

September 27, 2013

What is Cultural Christianity?

Our Lord taught us that there are two kinds of people: sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-33). The sheep are his people. They follow Christ. They know him and hear his voice (John 10:3-5, 27). The rest do not (John 10:26). Though the goats will eventually face judgment (Matthew 25:41ff.), they are, even now, intermingling with Christ's sheep (Matthew 13:24-30), bringing grief to God's people and ill-repute to the name of Christ. This dynamic is evident, not only within the world, but within the church, for, in many places (like the American south), the church is largely indistinguishable from the world. When it comes to describing the nominally Christian religion of the Bible-belt, Gerald Bray is spot-on. Here's Bray on cultural Christianity:

September 10, 2013

Review: On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos

Markos, Louis. On the Shoulders of Hobbits: On the Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, (Moody, 2012), 234 pp.

In On the Shoulders of Hobbits, author Louis Markos attempts to help his readers "rediscover the power of stories and the importance of virtue" by pointing out the "real life truth and goodness . . . communicated powerfully through [the] fantastical fiction" of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. The imaginative worlds of Tolkien and Lewis are, Markos says, "stories to steer by." They not only impart much-needed truth to their readers, they also help us "to live in and through and by that truth."

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