A Home for Historical Storytelling: Part 1

Life today is different from life at any other point in history. But that really is not true. Life today is moderately different from that of any other period in history, but it does share one important thing with every period in history: people. It may seem like I am trying to be "cute" here. … Continue reading A Home for Historical Storytelling: Part 1

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Why do I study Literature? Why should anyone?

The short answer: because literature makes humans human. Literature benefits humanity in many ways. Aside from the general mental health benefits of reading and the associated activities, literature fosters empathy within readers; it connects the present to the past (or perhaps in genre fiction, to the future); its “story truth” gives way to a more … Continue reading Why do I study Literature? Why should anyone?

Not “save me from the world,” but “save the world from me.”

In this very interesting article Can Jesus Save the World From Christians?, Pastor Morgan Guyton expresses his belief that as Christians, we must be seeking sanctification and justification from God rather than what he calls "afterlife insurance" that is auctioned off at many churches in America these days. "Afterlife insurance" speaks toward the way that salvation is … Continue reading Not “save me from the world,” but “save the world from me.”

In Defense of the Artifact and Tangible Living

We all joke about “first-world-problems,” but life in the twenty-first century is tough in some very peculiar ways. First, our days are spent in front of some kind of glowing device — touching one screen, scrolling down another. Many people work all day, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen, just to … Continue reading In Defense of the Artifact and Tangible Living