Today in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey, a memorial will be dedicated to C.S. Lewis. 50 years ago today, the beautiful imagination of C.S. Lewis died. For many, he's helped see how you can be intelligent and Christian. His writings are a constant reference for me, not only in the content but simply for the… Continue reading The wardrobe that keeps on giving
It's the award season - Golden Globes and Grammys done; Academy Awards next up. But have you heard of the Hearts and Minds Best Books Awards? I know, doesn't quite have the broad cultural reach of the Oscars or Grammys but if you want to know what is worth reading (largely in Christian publishing), you… Continue reading Nice kudos
Ever since I briefly lost my memory during a late-night hockey game with friends in my high school years, I've been fascinated with the role and function of memory. In the high school hockey incident, my helmet-less head hit the ice, the lights went out for a minute but my memory was on hiatus for… Continue reading Don’t forget to remember
Bedtime reading with our kids is one of my favourite things to do. I love the quiet bodies and whisper breathing of our children as they listen, but also I love getting to read great books (like the great labour relations drama of Click, clack, moo, the wonderfully egalitarian Everyone poops, or anything from the… Continue reading Uncle Andrew and me
The curtains sway shut. Exit stage left. We're going to miss you, Mr. Potter. With the final Harry Potter film out, I'm resurrecting an editorial I wrote exactly 6 years ago for the Calgary Herald (then marking the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), which still echoes some of why I love the… Continue reading Farewell Harry Potter
Two friends have published good books that I wanted to do a quick review, and then a film promo from another friend. Both of the books train us in the way of mission, how we can get out of our safe church circles and enter the wonderful, wild world God has placed us, loving it… Continue reading Two books and a film – by friends
Anyone else getting more and more uncomfortable with the word "spirituality"? It's not that I don't like the word but the way its used is so frothy. It's become a nothing word, a cagey term you can make to mean almost anything you want. And it tends to encourage the sacred/secular divide, somehow supporting the… Continue reading Redeeming spirituality?