Friday, June 29, 2018


My mother and my daughter have read "Little House on the Prairie" books, and have watched the TV show. I have refrained. I thought they were too syrupy sweet. But now, as Laura Ingalls Wilder's name has been stripped from the children's book award, I will plan to read the books and watch the TV series.  

Megan Basham explains, in this article, why this has happened. 

What do you think?  Is this a good thing?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


You may wonder why I posted this rendition of Finlandia.  It goes like this--I was reading "Run to Glory: The Story of Eric Liddell" by Ellen Caughey.  The 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire" depicted Eric Liddell's triumph for Scotland at the 1924 Olympics.  Liddell was a gifted runner and also a Christian.  His hearts desire was  to become a missionary to China. Because of his gift for running he agreed to run for Scotland in the Olympics.  His popularity made it possible to tell more people about Jesus.  He mentions at one point that the hymn which comforted him was "Be still my Soul."  This hymn is based on the symphonic poem Finlandia, Op. 26.  Here is the story:

Finlandia, Op. 26 is a symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The first version was written in 1899, and it was revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, as the last of seven pieces, each performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history. The premiere was on 2 July 1900 in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus. A typical performance takes anywhere from 7½ to 9 minutes. A recurrent joke within Finland at this time was the renaming of Finlandia at various musical concerts so as to avoid Russian censorship. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous, a famously flippant example being Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring. Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. But towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius's own creation. Although initially composed for orchestra, in 1900 Sibelius arranged the entire work for solo piano. Sibelius later reworked the Finlandia Hymn into a stand-alone piece. This hymn, with words written in 1941 by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, is one of the most important national songs of Finland (though Maamme is the national anthem). With different words, it is also sung as a Christian hymn (Be Still, My Soul), and was the national anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra (Land of the Rising Sun). Here is the hymn. I pray it will comfort you as it has Eric Liddell, me, and many others.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


A quick overview of the book of Judges

You may wonder why I have imbedded a you tube showing an overview of the book of Judges.  Well, years ago, as I was reading through the Bible, I was appalled that God had chosen Samson as one of His anointed Judges.  I asked my dad why God would choose someone like Samson.  He said he didn't know.

Well now I have just read "Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis," by Abigail Santamaria.  You may know of and have read some of the books by C.S. Lewis.  He wrote: 

The Chronicles of Narnia
Mere Christianity
The Allegory of Love
The Screwtape Letters
The Space Trilogy
Till We Have Faces
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

He became a Christian at the age of 31 in 1930. After a lifetime of seeking God and mentoring countless others through his books, and through correspondence, Joy Gresham came into his life.   According to Santamaria's biography Joy was not a very good woman.  But, that said, Santamaria goes on to reveal, "her spiritual journey culminated in Christianity.  Her human condition continued to be plagued with self-interest, even hypocrisy.  These failings however, did not nullify her faith, they reinforced the purpose of redemption."

Throughout Joy's life she was seeking Utopia and discovered that the only true utopia is Heaven. 

I recommend the book.  Do you have any biographies you would recommend?

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Many people are discouraged these days.  Their search for the answer to life is fruitless.  The point of life will not be found in good works, drugs, pleasure, or anything other than Jesus Christ. The Gospel Project is a curriculum which explains how Jesus is the hope of the world. Trevin Wax, a blogger I read, has an update on "The Gospel Project."  Click here to read.  The above 2 minute video is an overview of the project.