December 2005

The Rise of Fantasy Novels and Robert Jordan

I read somewhere recently that fantasy novel sales are rising faster than most genres. USA Today even did a story on the genre, crediting The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Wheel of Time collections with repopularizing a classic literary style in popular culture. Of course, Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings is more than 50 years old and was revived by the three recent films. C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia are also making a surge back into the mainstream with the recent release of the film The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. J.K. Rowling’s Harry […]

My Holiday Gluttony

It appears there is no limit to my holiday gluttony. Thanksgiving was a wretched exposure of my personal inability to say “no”. Christmas isn’t turning out much better. Less than 24 hours after arriving at my parents house, I am stuffed to the gills and haven’t even eaten in the last 8 hours. I’m not referring to a slight sensation of fullness. Oh no. I’m talkin’ about the full-fledged uncomfortable, loosen the jeans, and beg for mercy kind of full. It could take days to feel normal again, and it’s not even Christmas yet. It doesn’t look good for the […]

Generation X?

it is comfortable to watch a generation prefer to communicate sincere emotion instead of mere structure and principle. but this generation doesn’t seem to know what they are really saying. or what they’re really asking for. i watch my generation leading worship in my church, and i hear myself wonder, where are we going? where are you leading us? i want to participate in something glorious. at the same time, i cannot follow the herd simply because it is moving. direction is somewhat important to me. we are a heartbroken generation. we are filled with pain. looking for a place […]