The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Halloween Fun

Well, folks it's Halloween time again. Time to watch the Great Pumpkin and that Garfield special with the scary old man in the chair. It's also about time for me to remind my fellow Christians that Halloween is in no way a pagan holiday. Here's a great article that I had never run into before to add to the list as well. Halloween: More Christian than Pagan.

I also wanted to take this time to make mention of how awesome my kids are. Not only did they decide to go for nerdy Halloween costumes, they also zeroed in on a particular episode from Doctor Who as their theme. They are dressing as "The Day of the Doctor," the 50th anniversary special.

The Day of the Doctor

L-R: The Eleventh Doctor, Queen Elizabeth I (or the Queen Elizabeth Zygon imposter. She would never tell us for sure.), and the Tenth Doctor.