Continuing the tradition this blog from 2004, 2005, and 2006, I give you my best from the seventh year of this millennium: Best Novel (read in 2007): Walker Percy’s The Second Coming. As I’ve described him before, Percy is like Dostoevsky with wit. The Second Coming is a novel about a rich, middle-aged man (who … Read more
Every other year, I read through the entire Bible. In 1996, I decided that if the Bible was indeed the word of God, it might be helpful to read all the words that God gave to us. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life. The first time I did it, … Read more
With a new baby and an in-town move limiting my 2007 movements to a more local sphere, I slept in fewer cities this year than any in recent history: Kingsport, TN Tupelo, MS Washington, DC Woodbridge, VA cf. 2005, 2006.
Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio Journal offers some profound reflections on the Incarnation (PDF).
Let’s not forget this Christmas that the babe in the manger now sits on a throne, that the gentle child is a warrior king who commands vast armies, and that he fights that we may rest in him. The God who is incarnate is making and will make all things new. As he told the … Read more
Seen in my neighborhood: Excuse the blur — the line between discretion and good photography when you’re standing behind a tree snapping shots of your neighbor’s house at night is thin. I’m not cut out to be among the paparazzi. In case you’ve lived under a rock for the past 25 Christmases, the lamp is … Read more
This observation by Eugene H. Peterson is noteworthy: We live in a culture that has replaced soul with self. This reduction turns people into either problems or consumers. Insofar as we acquiesce in that replacement, we gradually but surely regress in our identity, for we end up thinking of ourselves and dealing with others in … Read more
The Allure of Tyranny: Russians voted away their freedoms, and Venezuelans almost did. Bret Stephens takes a look at the perplexing preference for the tyrannical.
Vols 14, Tigers 21 Ten years ago — nearly to the day — I headed down I-75 with my college buddies to watch Tennessee take on Auburn in the first SEC Championship game to be played in Atlanta. It was Peyton Manning’s final conference game, and I gathered together my meager savings and bought a … Read more