Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Christian Heroes Today

When Christians take a bold stand for the God's truth, the reaction from the unbelieving world is inevitable. "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." (Psalm 2:3) Here are a couple of news stories about Christians facing the ire of the powers that be for refusing to back down or compromise their Biblical principles. (Click the picture to read the story)

Remember the thing that primarily provokes this reaction is fear. Hell has no offensive weapons against Christ and His Church. Hell only has gates, and gates are for defense. On top of that, we're promised by Jesus that the gates of Hell will not stand against His Church. (Matt. 16:18) This means that the denizens of Hell live in fear as they are assailed by the hosts of the Kingdom of Heaven. When this sort of story pops up in the news, it's a sign that the siege is working and the besieged are getting desperate.