As mentioned in my last blog, parents must be discerning about what their kids read, now more than ever. My approach? I try to be 1) as cautious as necessary for wisdom’s sake, and 2) as liberal as possible for imagination’s sake. Each mom and dad must be led by the Holy Spirit. The seductions of this age are both too great and subtle to blindly follow popular fiction simply because it is thrilling, fun, helps your child get over his/her reading hangups, etc.
Yet we must not timidly retreat, either. The potential for redeeming and expanding your child’s imagination is too powerful to ignore. A great fantasy novel can imbue in your child’s/teenager’s spirit a breathless sense of magic and wonder that actually enhances dynamic discipleship. Yep, you read that right. Then why do so many Christians remain troubled and fearful? I think, to them, the word “magic” feels like a land mine, and therefore magical books feel like dangerous mine fields. How do you weigh the risks? READ MORE >>>
As a genre, fantasy has made great strides in recent years, especially within Christian fiction. Yet some are still inclined to ask, “How can this be okay?”
For me, the main point of fantasy is about feeding the imagination. A healthy, daring imagination is a holy thing, and vital to raising strong, well-balanced children. While clear, anti-Biblical ideas (as opposed to merely extra-Biblical concepts such as time travel) should be viewed by parents and readers with caution, I believe too much of what is labeled “caution” or “discernment” is really READ MORE >>>
Time is both fact and dilemma. It frustrates, disappoints, rewards and thwarts. It blinds us (can’t see the future); lures us (maybe today will be better); haunts us (“memories, like the corners of my mind…”); and intoxicates (I never want this moment to end!). It is perhaps the most inescapable mystery of human existence.
The Greek poet Aeschylus captured the most direct utility of Time, noting that “Time brings all things to pass.” No duh, right? Yet the observation remains useful, if only because 2500 years later, C.S. Lewis said pretty much the same thing: “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” In other words, you can’t escape it, you can only go through it if you wish to discover what lies on the other side. Whether we are talking about the next hour, day or decade, tomorrow is the unfulfilled mission of your life. Which brings us back to a wandering Semite named Abram, for whom God has big, big plans. Outrageous, hard-to-fathom big.
“And (God) took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:5-6)
The fact is, if we truly knew what God had in store for us—if all at once, our entire future could be compressed into present revelation—our brains would melt. So Time is a form of mercy, a steady-dripping IV, dosing your destiny so that READ MORE >>>