A Random Lyrical Riff on Mountains

Mountains can be mystical and holy places. I used to travel through a forest of ferns, spy spirits, and escape flame on my journey to their tops. Their trails, coiling like a serpent, wound through a thousand battles and hid countless enemies. I recall strange beauty too. Behind laurel branches I spied some vanishing Shangri-La. […]

Why Bother with the Fathers? D. H. Williams on Evangelicals and Tradition.

Many evangelicals feel adrift on a post-Christian, postdenominational sea. Our trendy, consumer driven faith needs an anchor. D. H. Williams, professor of patristics and historical theology at Baylor University, throws us a lifeline. He offers Evangelicals and Tradition in the hope that it will reunite our free spirits with the foundations of Classic Christianity. Williams, […]

The Corinthian Syndrome

Christians are suspicious of one another. It’s sad but true. The old party spirit that St. Paul condemned in the Corinthians still haunts us. We look doubtfully at our brothers and sisters saying, “I am of Rome,” “I am of Constantinople,” and “I am of Wittenberg” or “Geneva.” Then the most spiritual among us says, […]

Dragons Are Supposed To Be Terrible.

Dragons are no joke! Just ask heroes from Beowulf to Bilbo Baggins. Dragons are that defiant shadow lurking within every culture’s dream. In the West, they’re a fierce,  unspeakable force, rising with hideous strength and beguiling craft. They find delicious the desire to subvert our journey and blind our hearts. In the East, while generally […]

Open Your Third Eye.

C. S. Lewis believed that attaining life’s ultimate purpose depended on the use of our imagination, our third eye. According to Lewis our imaginative minds exist to elevate our souls, for “the main work of life is to come out of our selves, out of our little, dark prison we’re all born in” (Hooper, Collected […]

St. Anselm, though Dead, still Speaks.

Anselm is an old friend. But if you’re not a part of that odd clan of theology and philosophy geeks, he’s probably a stranger. Most folks usually remember him as that medieval refusing blind credulity for a faith seeking understanding (fides quaerens intellectum), and as the Archbishop who gave the “Dark Ages” its theory of […]

Inviting the Muse: Five Habits that Welcome Inspiration

Writers, or artists of any kind, know that inspiration is like the Spirit. It blows where it wishes, and no one knows where it comes from or where it goes (John 3:8). Inspiration’s wind can’t be tamed. The Muse remains mysterious and free of our control. It often strikes suddenly and without warning, like lightening […]

Door to the Far World

It’s easy to forget the imaginative world of our childhood. We often abandon it early, seeking our way in the “real world.” As a result, we quickly forget the path and the threshold to the far world disappears behind the vines of time. But passing through doors can have monumental consequences, as Dante and Bunyan […]

Your First Literary Experience

Catholics hail Francis de Sales as the patron saint of writers. But for me, C. S. Lewis claims that undisputed, if unofficial title. That’s why when I saw Corey Latta’s book C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing, I had to get it! After skimming the book and reading the first chapter, I’d say […]