Faithful & Talkative
Having passed through the Valleys of Humiliation and the Shadow of Death, Christian's journey marches onward. On this leg of his travels, we have two distinct parts. First, Christian begins to walk with Faithful and hears of his pilgrimage thus far. Second, Faithful has a dialogue with another traveler named Talkative. For more resources, visit bcnewton.co
May 27, 2022
Humiliation, Apollyon, & the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Our reading picks up with Christian setting out from his stay at the House Beautiful. Discretion, Prudence, Piety, and Charity accompany him down to the foot of the hill, the beginning of the Valley of Humiliation. Here Christian discovered a different kind of difficulty. Scaling the Hill of Difficulty left Christian ascending slowly upon his hands and knees, but descending can be just as perilous as the ascent. Indeed, despite Prudence's warning and Christian's wariness, "he caught a slip or two" (59). We should take heed that it is often after a time of rest, peace, and joy that the Tempter strikes hardest, hoping to catch us unprepared. This, of course, is exactly what befell Christian, as Apollyon came to meet him. For more articles and resources, visit bcnewton.co
May 18, 2022
Deliverance, Difficulty, & the House Beautiful
In this third stage of Christian's journey to the Celestial City, he finds deliverance from his burden at the cross, loses his roll of assurance on the hill of difficulty, and finds rest at the House Beautiful.
May 13, 2022
We ended our first week's reading with Christian being sent back to the narrow path toward the wicket-gate by Evangelist. In our present reading, Christian enters the gate, has a brief conversation with Goodwill, and then is given much to meditate upon by Interpreter. For more articles and resources, visit bcnewton.co
May 04, 2022
Fleeing the City of Destruction
As we begin our reading together through The Pilgrim's Progress, we first discuss Christian's flight from the City of Destruction, Pliable's short-lived pilgrimage, and the counsel of Mr. Worldly-Wiseman, applying these moments to our own walk with Christ. To read this article as well as other resources, visit bcnewton.co
April 27, 2022
Let's Read The Pilgrim's Progress Together
Our plan is to read both parts of The Pilgrim’s Progress, although we will likely begin Part II around September. The edition that I will be referencing throughout our reading is produced by Banner of Truth, which is a lovely little hardcover containing both parts, fourteen illustrations, and Scripture references in the margins. Of course, given that the narrative follows the pilgrims along their path, readers should be able to follow along using any edition via the stages of the journey that we will discuss each week. You can find full week-by-week reading plan as well as other resources at bcnewton.co.
April 06, 2022
Is Disney or Scripture Catechizing Your Child's Imagination?
Entertainment producers like Disney, after all, have a tremendous financial incentive for lodging their characters into the imagination of children. Of course, the more fully they are able to catechize children into their narratives the more merchandise they are then able to sell. Yet on an even deeper level, if their tales can become core components of the child’s childhood, then he or she is likely to actively look forward to sharing whichever film or show with his or her own children. In other words, Disney and similar companies are in the multigenerational discipleship game. To read this article and find more resources, visit bcnewton.co
March 30, 2022
Skin-Deep Secularism: Thoughts on Amazon's Lord of the Rings Series
I think it was a great choice to set the Amazon's series, The Rings of Power, during the Second Age, depicting the downfall of Númenor. Tolkien wrote the least about the Second Age, so that gives creators a bit more room to go their own route. But I most love the potential that the story of Númenor has to reflect upon our own secular age. Yet, while I will be overjoyed if I am proven wrong, it does not appear that the producers of Amazon’s series understand the heart beneath the story of the fall of the Númenóreans. Read this article and other resources, at bcnewton.co
March 23, 2022
Should You Watch The Chosen?
As a pastor, "what do you think about The Chosen?" is a question that I get asked a lot. Here are my thoughts.
March 16, 2022
Visionless in a Visual Age: a few thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial
While the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings were captured by three different videos, the trial and its verdict are still incredibly divisive. How can everyone look at the same evidence and come away with such opposite opinions? The problem isn't what we see but how we see. Read this article and other resources at bcnewton.co
March 09, 2022
Livestreaming, Metaverse Services, & the Dangers of Digital Gnosticism and Transhumanism
Is livestreaming into a church service the same as attending physically? What about metaverse services? And what do either have to do with digital gnosticism and transhumanism? To read this article and other resources, visit: bcnewton.co
February 23, 2022
Being Authentic Is Not Good Enough
There is nothing innately noble about being your authentic self, especially whenever our authentic selves are very often wicked. To read this article and other resources visit bcnewton.co
February 16, 2022
Metaverse Church & the Necessity of the Body
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February 09, 2022