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Chesterton on the main characteristic of the Hebrew Bible

I am a great admirer of GK Chesterton, from his Father Brown mysteries (the new BBC series does little justice) to his theological ramblings. His output is prodigious and thus uneven, but always entertaining and enlightening. I have been reading his introduction to Job and found these comments thought provoking. The central idea of the great […]


Sidney Chambers is no Father Brown (or Harriet Vane): The Sex-lives of Grantchester   Recently updated!

Last week was the third season finale of the series Grantchester. Having watched an enjoyed all three seasons to date, I wanted to share my critique of the show. A few preliminary comments are relevant. First, I deeply enjoy this genre, the British period mystery. Now, I have been a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and […]


Suffering and Grace 5

Beautiful and Terrible Things I am now writing on a book on this subject. The working title is “Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Grace.“ In the spring of 2015 I was invited by the Graduation Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House of Cornell University to lecture on suffering. Below, collected on one […]


A Biblical Theology of Suffering – Part 2

This is a continuation of my lecture given at the Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House in early April. My title was “My God, my God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Biblical Response to Loss and Catastrophe.” I have a recording of the lecture that I may make available if any are interested. I am slowly posting […]


A Biblical Theology of Suffering – Part 1 4

This past weekend I had the great privilege and honor to return to my alma mater and speak at the Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House. My title was “My God, my God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Biblical Response to Loss and Catastrophe.” I have a recording of the lecture that I may make available […]


Daniel Amos – Stone Away

Rediscovering a song that has rolled around in my head for two decades without my really paying attention to the lyrics. For that, Terry, I am sorry. Terry Scott Taylor is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters out there. So to know that an artist has put so much thought and clearly prayer […]


The danger of praying in high places

From The Hammer of God by G. K. Chesterton. “I think there is something rather dangerous about standing on these high places even to pray,” said Father Brown. “Heights were made to be looked at, not to be looked from.” “Do you mean that one may fall over,” asked Wilfred. “I mean that one’s soul […]


“In a total stranger we perceive man himself” 1

The full quote, from The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton, is Then we [two men having just met] had talked for about an hour about politics and God; for men always talk about the most important things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image […]


“Thrones, Dominations” 1

I have mentioned elsewhere that I am big Dorothy L. Sayers fan. She was, in my view, a better theological thinker than CS Lewis or JRR Tolkien with whom she would often share a pint. I was first introduced to her work through her mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey (the first one I read was […]


O God of Earth and Altar

This past Sunday we sang a hymn with the title above that I had never sung before. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the author was Gilbert Keith Chesterton, one of my favorite authors. Hymn 521, O God of Earth and Altar, by G. K. Chesterton: O God of earth and altar, Bow down […]