A Passage to Something Better

He [Tolkien] folded into his work something fresh and unexpected, something vital and important: a tear drop from his own flesh and blood. From one perspective, the change was minor, […]

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Dry Bones

(Written in honor of the city of Santa Fe, TX.) Aksana sat on the edge of the outcropping and cried. She was alone. The great commander, the leader of her […]

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Tales of Courage and Hope: Black Panther in Middle Earth and Narnia

How do we become good or evil? … All these philosophers are wrong, probably because most of them do not have children. Parents and children know the answer: by example. […]

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Hope, Life, and the Fountain of Trevi

Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the city of Rome and among all of the city’s historical and artistic sites, one of the biggest draws is the […]

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Lava: A Story of Love and Hope

The world is looking for hope. We want to believe that whatever is going on, circumstances can change . . . things will get better. Pixar’s 2015 short film, Lava, […]

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A Reason for Our Hope: The Role of Fairy Stories in Christian Apologetics

One of the objectives of Christian apologetics is to heed Peter’s instruction to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for […]

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A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Persistence of Hope

Perhaps one of the most obvious characteristics of our world is that evil and suffering exist. No matter how hard we try to improve our condition, the forces of darkness […]

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Hope in Dystopia

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” George Orwell, 1984   Why is the dystopian theme in literature consistently popular? Let’s be honest […]

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