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Shaping our Preferences

On September 20, 2019, Posted by , In Christian living, quotes, Tamara's Blog, With No Comments

“For literary judgement, we need to be acutely aware of two things at once: of ‘what we like’ and of ‘what we ought to like’. Few people are honest enough to know either. The first means knowing what we really feel: very few know that. The second involves understanding our…

Authority and Freedom

On September 19, 2019, Posted by , In Christian living, quotes, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

“Where authority is, freedom is; and where authority is lost , freedom is lost. This holds good for all kinds of authority. Without adults who demand mature behavior, the child is not free to grow up; without teachers to set standards of excellence, the scholar is not free to excel;…

To Starve a Child

On September 18, 2019, Posted by , In Christian living, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

To starve a child of the spell of the story, of the canter of the poem, oral or written, is a kind of living burial. It is to immure him in emptiness. Mythology, the voyages through Scylla and Charybdis, down rabbit holes, the turbulent logic of the biblical, the ‘gardens…

Ken Myers—Mars Hill Audio

On October 9, 2018, Posted by , In Christian living, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

Billie Georgia Conference—October 19-20, 2018 speaker — Ken Myers Author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes and the host and producer of Mars Hill Audio Journal “The Risks of Repudiating Reality:  Timely Lessons from C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man” Lecture 1–The Clean Sea Breeze of the…

Christianity and Culture—Ken Myers

On July 1, 2018, Posted by , In seminar, Tamara's Blog, With No Comments

“The conventional beliefs and practices of contemporary culture present a range of challenges to Christians striving to be faithful to their Lord.  Some of these challenges are obvious, even if knowing how to meet them is perplexing.  Others are concealed and become apparent only with the discipline of discerning and…

Male and Female

On January 15, 2018, Posted by , In seminar, Tamara's Blog, women, With No Comments

We live in a disordered, obsessive culture that values being true to self and finding significant worth in “whatever floats your boat.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the fluidity of sexuality and the choice to express that sexuality in whatever form or with whomever one pleases. Prior to…

Living in the Face of Suffering

On August 26, 2016, Posted by , In Christian living, suffering, Tamara's Blog, women, By , With No Comments

“Grace must wound before it can heal.”   –Flannery O’Connor Suffering is inevitable. It isn’t a simple question as to whether suffering will come, but multiple questions. Why? What form will suffering take? When will suffering come and how long will suffering last?  The suffering can come from outside of…

Good Stories, the Best Stories, and the Greatest Story Ever Told

On January 26, 2016, Posted by , In Books, Tamara's Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

“When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story.” Flannery O’Connor Stories are the most natural way in which we come to know God’s created world and our place in it. The desire to tell and hear stories is…

Christ’s Hand of Hope

On December 7, 2015, Posted by , In Christian living, suffering, By , With 1 Comment

The whack of her head striking the edge of the table put an end to her innocent laughter and brought everyone in the orthodontist’s waiting room to attention. Instinctively, we turned toward the commotion. Silence followed. Everyone anticipated the release of her pain, and when she let loose our ears…

Living Well in the Middle of Things

On December 2, 2015, Posted by , In Christian living, Tamara's Blog, women, By , With 1 Comment

In medias res is a Latin phrase that means in the middle of things or into the midst of things. As a literary term, it refers to a narrative that starts in the middle of the story—often at some critical moment—rather than at its beginning. Earlier parts of the narrative…