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Review: How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer

There are many good books and a few great books but only a handful that should be reread at least once a decade. How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer is one of them. Beginning with the Romans, Schaeffer traces the history of Western thought right up to the present.  Yes, even though he […]

St. Matthew Passion by Bach, Free Online

Easter is approaching, and it is good to focus on our Lord’s death and resurrection.   When we lived in the Netherlands, one Easter tradition some of our friends had was attending the St. Matthew Passion.  Others sang in it.  Now people all around the world can watch it online. Centuries ago, J. S. Bach wrote […]

Review: Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer

It is relatively easy to teach our children how to draw, make music, write poetry, or engage in any other creative venture.  There are many wonderful curricula, many great teachers, and an incredible wealth of examples. But it’s also important to teach them why we Christians make art and how to evaluate the art we […]

Weekly Wrap Up: At Home and Away

In my life this week… I visited my parents–all by myself–and spent time with sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, parents-in-law, and a sister-in-law, as well as friends.  I also experienced a Manitoba snowstorm.  It wasn’t quite a blizzard in our area, but it reminded me of the huge difference between Manitoba and Ontario weather. We visited, […]

On the Seduction of Evil and the Father of Lies

Often, when reading through one of the Omnibus volumes for my teens’ schoolwork, I come across a gem.  Here are two from the study about The Two Towers by Tolkein, written by Douglas Wilson: Tolkein… ‘knows that evil can be soothing and very seductive.  When Saruman spoke, the effect was devastating.  “Mostly they remembered only […]

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