Around the World in 80 Days, Day 6: New Zealand – Welcome to Seattle

On Sunday, August 27th, my son, Zachary, and I began our Around the World in 80 Days journey.*  Starting in Birmingham, Alabama, we headed west to Los Angeles, our launching-point to Asia and Australia/Oceania.  Overnighting near the airport, we then had a 15-hour flight to Sydney, Australia.  Our stop there was just long enough to … Read more

Galaxy Sky

Tolkien, Lewis, L'Engle: Where Fantasy Meets Faith

Ten-year-old Sally Thomas was, from the story’s opening moments, absolutely mesmerized as her teacher read aloud to the class A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 fantasy classic. It wasn’t the last time she would read it. The book – and eventually others by L’Engle – captured her imagination and fueled her interest in the … Read more

Sgt. Pepper

Why J.R.R. Tolkien Nixed a Beatles Lord of the Rings

Yes, it’s true: back in the ’60s, The Beatles approached J.R.R. Tolkien about making their own film version of The Lord of the Rings, starring themselves and directed by none other than Stanley Kubrick: According to Peter Jackson, who knows a little something about making Lord of the Rings movies, John Lennon was the Beatle … Read more

Eagle and Child

Why the Inklings Still Matter Today

If you drop into The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford today, you’ll find a few humble mementos of the Inklings – that fascinating literary group of Christian intellectuals whose chief figures were C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield. The group famously met there on Tuesdays to read and discuss their unfinished … Read more