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Tolkien, Halloween and a Joyous Eucatastrophe

Should We Ghost Halloween? I wonder what you make of Halloween? We sat down recently with our kids to discuss whether we would be joining in the trick-or-treating. What’s good? What’s bad? How should we think about it as Christians? What do you do in your house? I’m honestly in two minds because I think, at best it’s a fun-ish secular holiday where kids get candy, but evil and death are celebrated and made light of; at worst, it’s a genuine celebration of evil and death. On the other hand, Halloween is a wonderful opportunity for great conversations. As Christians,...

Grace, Strivings and Asian Culture

I’ve never known a life without striving. Perhaps it’s because my kingdom was built by the sweat of immigrants and refugees—fleeing homelands with bruised hearts and pockets full of dreams.

Treasuring Christ More Than Spectacles

In October last year, Mark Zuckerberg announced his company’s next global-scale endeavour. Meta is building the metaverse, a virtual reality that will trump our physical realms in every respect. Convenience. Visual appeal. Self-expression. Novelty. With minimal gear and Wi-Fi, you can “teleport instantly as a hologram to be at the office without a commute, at a concert with friends, or in your parents’ living room to catch up.”[1] Zuckerberg’s imagined future hinges on one assumption: visuals will get so close to mimicking reality that humans would prefer to live in an artificially engineered, rather than actual, world. After reading Competing...

Competing Spectacles and Treasuring Christ

Trees and “The God of the Garden”

To read God of the Garden is to take a stroll through a forest. There is a lot of meandering; there are paths that suddenly lead down into hidden valleys or up to ridge-line vistas; there are tiny things to peer down at in fascination and giants to look up at in awe. And sometimes, it can be a little bit tricky to see the wood for the trees. There is a wood there, however—or rather a whole lot of woods. Andrew Peterson’s God of the Garden is a meditation on the wonders of the natural world, and a celebration...

andrew peterson's god of the garden cover

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