As the year began to close, I ventured into the world of epic poetry—and what a beautiful thing it has been! With many thanks to Homer's Odyssey and Milton's Paradise Lost, I finally learned what it was like to sail through the mythological, monster-ridden Mediterranean Sea and to fly on the wings of angels, whirling through space and… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri
"I have found that nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist." ~C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" When I first read this statement, I thought C.S. Lewis as almost completely oblivious to the role of reason in the Christian faith. I love the methodology of a good logical argument, the… Continue reading Escaping the Snare of Christian Intellectualism
As we struggle to grow our spiritual lives under the especial temptations of the digital age, sometimes the most helpful thing to do is to find a Bible plan we can carry with us on our mobile devices. If we do so, our phones, which usually is and can still be a distraction, might just… Continue reading Five Favorite YouVersion Bible Plans
Hello, everyone— I'm so excited to close off another year on Defy Augury! It has been truly wonderful to write for you all:) In the meantime, here's an update on what books I've been reading and what posts I've been planning for the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Enjoy! Books I've Read: Over… Continue reading November/December 2018: A Preview
Sometimes people sharing the truth of the Gospel can be frustrating. So many people pass by virtual folks on the Internet or men and women on the street and say "Jesus loves you" or "Here's how Jesus saves you from your sin" without ever explaining themselves. It can seem like all unbelievers have heard that before and all believers long to hear something "deeper."
One of the biggest temptations for modern-day American Christians is to make their practices of Christianity more "efficient." As a twenty-first century Christ-follower, I can provide personal evidence for this hypothesis. It's hard enough to pick up the Bible, harder still to start reading it, and much harder still to read it for a significant… Continue reading The Myth of the “Efficient” Christian Life
soliloquy |səˈliləkwē| noun (plural soliloquies) an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play. ~New Oxford American Dictionary Less than a year ago, I decided to write what I call a "free" Shakespearean soliloquy—one that has some kind of rhythm, is written in… Continue reading Soliloquy No. 1: On Original Thinking
A year ago today, I published my first post on Defy Augury. It was a short post, a poem about "conversing with the unsaved," but that little seed, I assure you, has since turned into a flower. It has matured far beyond what it was on September 19, 2017, yet its true mission has never changed.
Hello, everyone— This month marks the first anniversary of Defy Augury! Can you believe it? I've written so much during the past year, and I plan to do just that from now on. Here's a little sketch as to what I've been doing and what you can expect for September. Books: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha… Continue reading September/October 2018: A Preview
When I was first assigned Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I couldn't think why that could be. Mind you, my teachers were and are exceptionally nice, but horror? The kind made up of nothing but virtually inaccessible laboratories covered in toxic fumes, containing nothing but the maddest and most unearthly fashion of men? Screams of "Aaaah!", "It's alive!", and… Continue reading On the Death of Frankenstein