On Letting Go

From First Thoughts

Some sins are easy to start doing, but hard to quit. Gluttony is like this. The more I eat, the less satisfied I am, but the harder it is to eat properly. The first three weeks of a diet are so difficult that quitting “cheating” is easier than continuing.Even when the weight is lost, my . . . . Continue Reading »

Better Days Coming: A Dream

From First Thoughts

The future is bright.Why?Jesus is Lord.The American Christian future is bright.Why?The American foes of the Faithful are part of a fading generation and a youthful global population is turning to Christianity. Global Christianity will save the fading West, because of their Christian charity. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Jester’s Reply: A Fable

From First Thoughts

Once upon a time in a Kingdom by the wine-dark sea, there lived a very silly king. Like most kings of his day, his kingdom was very small, but he had better people than he deserved. The castle was famous for its intricate design and the care the servants took with it. The King was also blessed with . . . . Continue Reading »

On Hell or: is Plato There?

From First Thoughts

Americans are much less sure of the existence of Hell than of Heaven. Hopefully this is because they have had such glimpses of the Divine that Hell seem fuzzy to them. There seems, however, some chance that it is because they have become too nice to believe anyone is in Hell.In chatting with regular . . . . Continue Reading »

Advice to a Yank in Oxford

From First Thoughts

A wise father gives good advice to his children.My oldest joins the scores of Torrey Honors students who have spent a semester taking classes in the excellent Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities exchange program in Oxford. As a good father, I have tried to do research in order to give . . . . Continue Reading »

Sufficient Please!

From First Thoughts

I don’t know whether to blame fairy tales or Oliver Twist. I was reading Exodus 16 and ran into the passage where God commanded the people of Israel to go gather manna. Immediately childhood images from David C. Cook’s Pix and Uncle Arthur came into my head.I knew the lesson I should . . . . Continue Reading »

My Siren's Call: A Fairy Tale

From First Thoughts

Once upon a time I was a siren.Being a siren is not difficult; when a mommy and daddy siren loves each other very much . . . baby sirens come along. Humans find us ugly, because we are ugly. There is no way around what constant inbreeding has done to us, but Homer and the lying poets did not have to . . . . Continue Reading »