Category: History

The Origins of Christmas

Every year, I hear people talk about where Christmas came from. Here are two discussions of how there came to be a celebration of Jesus' birth on December 25. From Philip Schaff, in his History of the Christian Church: The Christmas festival was probably the Christian transformation or regeneration of a series of kindred heathen … Continue reading The Origins of Christmas

August 2010: Books Read

1. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Reviewed earlier here. 2. Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir by Stanley Hauerwas. Theologian Stanley Hauerwas's memoir is called Hannah's Child, but it could easily have been called Things that Didn't Occur to Me At the Time. Out of the long list of … Continue reading August 2010: Books Read

June 2010: Books Read

1. Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I'd had this book on my shelf for a while, and after reading Eric Metaxas' excellent biography last month, I decided to stay in the mental world of Bonhoeffer for a little longer by reading this book. As the title indicates, this is a collection of … Continue reading June 2010: Books Read

Why Did the Wall Fall?

Twenty years ago today, the Berlin Wall came down. I don't remember it. That is, I don't remember it being a single cataclysmic event which I have a distinct recollection of hearing about, but I do remember hearing about it over and over for months. Perhaps I would have understood its significance more if I … Continue reading Why Did the Wall Fall?

Truth Project 10: The American Experiment (Stepping Stones) – My Thoughts

These are my reflections on tour 10 of the Truth Project. For a summary of the tour itself, go here (or just look below this post). This was one of the most difficult tours to watch. The reason is that I am familiar with the argument that Del proposes about the founding of the United … Continue reading Truth Project 10: The American Experiment (Stepping Stones) – My Thoughts

Truth Project 10: The American Experiment (Stepping Stones) – Summary

I'm going to warn you right now that this might be one of the longer entries in this series of reviews of Focus on the Family's The Truth Project. What follows is my summary of the tour, and since the summary is so long, I will post my response separately. Tour ten of The Truth … Continue reading Truth Project 10: The American Experiment (Stepping Stones) – Summary

Truth Project 6: History (Whose Story?)

In the sixth Truth Project tour, Del turns to examine history. He introduces the subject by quoting biblical passages (Isaiah 46:9-11, Galatians 4:4-5) that depict God as being in control of history. Del says that he rebelled against this idea for a long time because he wanted to be in control instead. Then Del puts … Continue reading Truth Project 6: History (Whose Story?)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Long before St. Patrick's Day was an excuse to drink a lot and dye things green, it was a feast day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, (Okay, maybe even then it was an excuse for some people to drink a lot). In honor of Patrick, here is a poem attributed to him, "Saint Patrick's … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Breastplate

June/July 2008: Books Read

Last month I didn't post my monthly brief reviews of books I read. The reason for this is that I didn't read any books during the month of June. I took Herodotus' The Histories with me on the cruise that I was on from June 3 to June 19, and read a bit of it … Continue reading June/July 2008: Books Read

Mark Twain and the Problem of Evil

Over the last couple of nights, Mary and I watched a documentary on Mark Twain, directed by Ken Burns (who also brought us documentaries called Baseball, The Civil War, and Jazz). Mark Twain has been one of my favorite authors for a while - ever since I was a teenager and read The Adventures of … Continue reading Mark Twain and the Problem of Evil