McCartney 3, 2, 1: Only God Can Explain Music!

McCartney 3, 2, 1: Only God Can Explain Music!

A few months back I wrote a piece with a similar title. The musician who helped make the argument without making an argument was Pat Metheny. I recently learned of an interview legendary producer (or so I’m told) Rick Ruben did with one of the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney, called McCartney 3, 2, 1. If you’re a Beatles’ fan, you will love it. I used to poo-poo nostalgia when I was younger even calling it the dialogue of the dead, but young stupid know-it-alls say such things. As I get older, and that is happening faster and faster, I find nostalgia, well, nostalgic! One definition of the word is a sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition. As such, nostalgia says something profoundly sad about the state of our fallen condition, even as it brings the joy of memories of times long past. (more…)

What Has Brandon to do with Christianity?

What Has Brandon to do with Christianity?

I try not to get into politics here, but it’s hard to avoided in the current political and cultural climate, so sometimes in must be addressed, thus Brandon and Christianity.

Some of you may hear faint echoes of a famous saying by Tertullian in my title, one of the more well-known church fathers (155-220), and a tenacious early apologists for the Christian faith. In the context of fighting the paganism of his day he made the statement, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” The connection to my thoughts on this issue to that saying and what he meant in his context would take many blog posts, so you’ll have to trust me. That name, as most know, has come to represent more than a name. What should Christians think about all this, given the impetus behind it is a vulgar phrase directed to the current occupant of the White House, and more importantly, everything he represents? I thought the answer was obvious until I went to church Sunday, and learned that our pastor and elders don’t quite see things the same way I do. I will quote a portion of an insert in the bulletin about “Honoring God and Governing Authorities”: (more…)

Revelation, Our Awesome God, and the Desperate Faith of Secularism

Revelation, Our Awesome God, and the Desperate Faith of Secularism

At my other blog I’ve been writing through the Bible the last seven plus years, from Genesis to Revelation (that might sound familiar to you hard core Genesis fans), and have made it to Revelation 4. I thought I’d share here a version of a post I did there about my initial encounter with that chapter because the way I approached it had apologetic implications. Before I got to Revelation I knew it is way beyond my ability to interpret the strange language and bizarre images we find there. So as I make my way through I decided to read a couple books to help me out, with whatever resources I can find online. One of those books is called Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis E. Johnson. What stood out in what he says seems to me the point of Revelation. It is not that we are to understand everything, not to try to make sense of every detail. That isn’t possible for us, and wasn’t even possible for the ancient Jews who were steeped in apocalyptic literature. The objective, I believe, of God’s revelation to us in Revelation is to induce in us an awe in one so inconceivably great as our Creator God, who is also the sovereign ruler over all reality, spiritual and material. The other which flows from this, is to trust in him beyond our seeing and perceiving and understanding. I’ve quoted Isaiah (26:3) many times in this regard, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Perfect peace is of course impossible in this life in a fallen world, in a fallen body, lived among fallen people, but we can all get closer to perfect. The Book of Revelation will help us do that. (more…)

Short But Sweet, An Interview on Janet Mefferd Today

I guess I’m becoming a regular radio star! If you feel the need to Laugh very Out Loud, please do. Given I’m no big shot, but a little shot that keeps shooting (or typing as the case may be), getting anyone to want to talk to me about my best selling first book (if the need arises again, feel free), The Persuasive Christian Parent, is a bit of a chore. Persistence helps, and I’m nothing if not persistent. So I had the wonderful experience of being interviewed recently on a national radio show, Janet Mefferd Today. I checked out the stations list, and it’s more than a few, and coast to coast. You can listen if you want a short primer on the the subtitle of the book, God’s Provision for Building an Enduring Faith in You and Your Children. His provision becomes more amazing to me every day.

And I’m excited to say I was just invited for another interview Monday on the American Family Radio podcast, The Hamilton Corner, with guest host Alex McFarland. I can’t wait for that! I’ll link to that here when it’s available.

Some Reflections on 1984 in 2021

Some Reflections on 1984 in 2021

I recently re-watched the 1984 movie 1984, with John Hurt and Richard Burton, and I forgot how depressing it is. I’ve read George Orwell’s book, Nineteen Eighty-Four (written in 1949), several times, and it’s not as painful to read as the movie is to watch, until the ending. Director Michael Radford did a commendable job bringing dystopia to the screen. The reason the ending of the book is more devastating is because a movie can’t compete with a book which allows you to live in a character’s head, and living in Winston’s thought throughout the book made his ultimate defeat devastating. The absolute totalitarian power of the state is reflected not just in Winston’s outward obedience to the dictates of Big Brother, but in the end actually falling in love with Big Brother; he realized 2+2 can in fact equal 5. He was in every sense a broken man. An all powerful state can do that, but only to a man who has nothing outside of the material world in which to appeal. That’s what makes the movie, and the book, so depressing, but so hopeful for those who refuse to accept the worldview assumed by it. (more…)