Monday Missive – January 15, 2018

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King, both cared deeply about the lives of children.  They both fought for the integration of schools, and they both worked to create a society where children could grow up without being judged “by the color of their skin.”  On this year’s Martin Luther King Day, I think it is important that we also honor Coretta Scott King and her contributions...

Apocalyptic Messianic Eschatology–Now That’s a Mouthful!

To understand Jesus and the movement that developed after his death we need to have a handle on a way of thinking that I call messianic apocalyptic eschatology. This is a way of describing a certain expectation and outlook on the world and human history that was characteristic of certain Jewish groups and movements of [...]...


RIP Fluff, 2011-2018

Losing a beloved animal friend is always hard, but it is even harder when they are taken from you too soon.  Last night, unexpectedly, our beloved kitty Fluff passed away at the age of 6.

Fluff in December.

He apparently passed very quickly, and without any warning signs. He had just had a vet checkup the week before, and even the morning he passed he was energetic and happy.  It seems likely that the cause of his death was a congenital heart or brain defect that caught up with him suddenly....

Fred Saberhagen’s Swords Trilogy

At the end of 2017, we were treated to the news that Amazon was planning a new series based on Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings series. The response on the internet seemed to be a bit of a collective groan, as the last Hobbit movie just came out four years ago, and the last of the epic Lord of the Rings movies was only 15 years ago.  Many, including myself, asked: aren’t there any other epic fantasy series that could be adapted instead?

Of course there are many. One example...

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