Cae•sa•re•a Mar•i•tim•a

Caesarea Maritima was located on the Mediterranean coast about 65 miles northwest of Jerusalem. It became the residence of the Roman governors of Judea, including Pontius Pilate, who would only come to Jerusalem for large feasts such as the Passover and other important events. Founded by Herod the Great, it was named in honor of…

Towing the Tow Truck

As I rode behind a tow truck that was pulling another tow truck the other day, the first thing I thought to myself was, “that awkward moment when you are a tow truck that needs a tow truck yourself.” You are on your way to help, and now you, the helper, are in need of…

And I Quote… November 28

Just as language itself creates culture in its own image, each new medium of communication re-creates or modifies culture in its image; and it is extreme naïveté to believe that a medium of communication or indeed, any technology is merely a tool, a way of doing. Each is also a way of seeing. Neil Postman,…

Wordsmithy | Part Four

Chapter Three—Word Fussers and Who-whomers In which Wilson offers the other side of the coin so forcefully tossed in chapter one—namely that having something to say by no means guarantees that you will have the ability to say it. Chapter Four—Born for the Clerihew In which Wilson points out that writers in a rut may…

C.S. Lewis… Yet Speaking

There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the “wisdom” of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how…

Cen•tur•i•on

A Roman Centurion was the equivalent, more or less, of a non-commissioned officer in American military today. Typically promoted from the ranks, a centurion would normally have charge of 100 men (a “century”), though the actual number could be somewhat flexible depending on circumstances. As there were no Roman legions stationed in the land of…

Keep Calm and Fight On

We would live differently if we realized that we lived in a war zone. It is socially acceptable to complain about the amount of foam in our coffee when the sun is shining and flowers are blooming. But soldiers know how to appreciate even lukewarm coffee. It is also socially acceptable to complain about the…

And I Quote… November 21

In the big picture, the hallmark of the Christian life is not about how well-organized or structured (or, for that matter, how spontaneous) the church is. Rather, it is whether we have built our faith, our church, and our ministries on the foundation of the gospel. A passion for the local church should stem not…

Wordsmithy | Part Three

Chapter One—Know Something About the World In which Wilson points that if your desire to write is the only thing you have to write about, your writing will be as lame as you are. Chapter Two—Read Until Your Brain Creaks In which Wilson offers his permission, free of charge, to read far more than you…