“The Happy Hypocrite”

  C. S. Lewis, in his book, Mere Christianity, alludes to a fairy tale with which I was not familiar. The story is about someone who had to wear a mask; a mask which made him look much nicer than he really was. He had to wear it for years. And when he took it…

Paul v. Ayn Rand

  One of the prominent themes in Paul’s letter to the Philippians can be found in the opening prayer: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;” (1:9). How one’s love is to abound is expounded on in chapter 2:1-4,  If there is therefore any…

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Disney made this question famous from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The original wording of the question from the Grimm Fairytale was, “Looking-glass upon the wall, who is fairest of us all?” And for a time the looking glass would answer,…

Clean Out Your Ears!

I ran across a peculiar statement by Ben Witherington on James 1:21: “Christians are to clean out their ears and listen. Rhyparia in a metaphorical sense can mean moral filth or avarice (Jas 2:2; 1 Pe 3:21), but Joseph Mayor notes that it literally refers to earwax.” (Witherington, p. 441) (What student of the word would pass up the opportunity…

A Different Light

I paint miniatures—figures anywhere from 1 inch to 2 inches tall. I decided to take one to my first mentor for critique. Between the house and the car, I put my glasses on to see what it looked like in the bright light of the sun. Words escape describing how disappointed I was. It looked…