Hobbiton vs Buckland

In the first book Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien makes a very wise observation.  The hero, Frodo was adopted by his uncle Bilbo who lived at Bag End in Hobbiton.  Frodo was from Buckland, on the other side of the river from where most Hobbits lived.  AllContinue reading “Hobbiton vs Buckland”

Animal Farm . . .

I am giving a heads up in advance that today‚Äôs blog may seem a bit lengthy and controversial, but I am encouraging the reader from the very beginning to read the entire blog and hearing me out fully before jumping to any conclusions. When I was in seminary the infamous televangelist scandals of the 80’sContinue reading “Animal Farm . . .”

A Church Full of Plastic Surgeons . . .

I was texting back and forth with a good friend regarding the recent dissertation I linked to by Colleen Batchelder: I made the comment that the church coffee bar was a bad idea. Because it actually had the opposite of the intended effect.  We thought that we were being hip, cool, and inclusive, but theContinue reading “A Church Full of Plastic Surgeons . . .”

A Deer, A Doe, A Female Deer . . .

Quite a few of you out there will recognize those words as the opening line from the song Do-Re-Mi, from the musical Sound of Music.  In it, the governess Maria was teaching the children in her charge the very basic concept of music.  And through that song, many countless children have taken their very firstContinue reading “A Deer, A Doe, A Female Deer . . .”