A La Carte (12/7)

Yesterday we went out and put ourselves through the yearly ritual of buying a Christmas tree. Those things aren’t getting any cheaper, are they? The local place had really nice trees but wanted $55 for them. After seeing how nice they were (and comparing gas prices to the distance we’d have to drive to get one for a lot cheaper) we caved. Sigh. Liam Neeson and Aslan – Liam Neeson recently said some interesting things about portraying (the voice of) …

A La Carte (6/24)

Email and Offline Relationships – TIME has a worthwhile article on the way email can potentially damage offline relationships. “It’s possible that instead of fostering real friendships off-line, e-mail and social networking may take the place of them — and the distance inherent in screen-only interactions may breed feelings of isolation or a tendency to care less about other people. After all, if you don’t feel like dealing with a friend’s problem online, all you have to do is log …

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The Most Grotesque Ugliness Imaginable

There are many who consider Janet Leigh’s murder in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to be the most terrifying scene in the history of film. The setting, the mood, the music and the camera work combine to create a scene of absolute terror. Her screams were impressed upon the memories of many who watched her macabre death on the silver screen. Since 1960, when the film was produced there have been tens of thousands of horror films made, but in the minds …

A La Carte (1/12)

Top Ten Signs Your Sermon Isn’t Going Well Here’s an early morning LOL for you. The Age of Privacy Is Over I think we all know that there are growing concerns about the internet and privacy. Here Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says as much. And just think how much information Facebook has about all of us. Deeper Into Depression I’m not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to economics. This article says that in December “The labour force contracted …

A La Carte (7/11)

Friday July 11, 2008 Introducing Ellie Rebekah Rose Congratulations to [little sister] Susanna and her husband Rick who welcomed Ellie into the world last night. Get Your Pastor on eBay Here’s a pastor with a unique way of seeking a call. Let’s hope this doesn’t catch on… Boats or Votes From Boundless: “Were the men on the Titanic heroes or sexists? Some thought (and think) them heroes. In fact, a memorial still stands in Washington, D.C., reading, ‘To the brave …

Bibleman, Bibleman, Does Whatever a Bible Can…

I recently read Rapture Ready, a new book by Daniel Radosh. The book is subtitled “Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture” which probably tells you most of what you need to know about it. The author, a secular liberal, immerses himself in Christian pop culture and uses this book to write about his experiences. It is at times exasperating, cringe-inducing and just plain embarrassing. Here is a brief excerpt to give you a taste of both the …

An Interview with Devin Brown (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted the first portion of an interview with Devin Brown, author of Inside Prince Caspian and Inside Narnia. Today we continue with the second and final piece, and look at mistakes people make when reading the Narnia books and the film adaptations of Lewis’s works. TC: What are some of the most common mistakes people make when reading and interpreting the Narnia books? In my opinion, the two biggest mistakes people make about the Narnia books are 1) …

An Interview with Devin Brown

Last week I posted a review of Inside Prince Caspian, a new book by Devin Brown and a follow-up to his earlier work Inside Narnia. These books provide literary analysis of the Narnia books and have greatly enhanced my understanding of and enjoyment of C.S. Lewis’s imaginary world. I thought it would be interesting to follow the reviews with an interview and Brown was kind enough to spare some time. I asked him not only about his books, but about …

Middle-earth or Narnia?

I have no memory of reading (or having read to me) C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (though I’ve been assured that my parents did read them to me at least once). On the other hand, I remember reading Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit many times. I read Tolkien for the joy of reading his stories. I love the world he created and I love the epic scope of the adventures. But for some reason Narnia …

Halloween – Trick or Retreat?

Will you participate in Halloween this year? Halloween is once again nearly upon us. Articles about the occasion are beginning to make their way into my RSS reader and I thought I’d keep up with one of this site’s few traditions and write an article on the subject. My thoughts on the subject continue to develop as perhaps long-time readers will notice. Just this morning Pulpit Magazine linked to a great article courtesy of Grace to You. The article deals …