Author: Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop is unapologetically a huge nerd. Ever since he was young, he loved reading and board games. These flights of fancy opened his mind to imagine new adventures from pretending to be on an arduous journey like one in Pilgrims’ Progress by John Bunyan, standing up against an oppressive ancient evil in the TV show Babylon 5, navigating an ever-changing maze in the game The aMAZEing Labyrinth, galloping on the back Aslan in the Narnia series by C.S Lewis to being a Priest Sleuth alongside of G.K Chesterton’s Father Brown. Now he gets to ignite that torch of imagination with his wife to his new daughter Lydia and his son Dylan. Ben is also a graduate of the Masters of Christian Apologetics Program with High Honors at Biola University and he received his B.A. in Communication at Boise State University. He blogs at his personal blog (www.windmillfighter.wordpress.com), curates and writes at (www.breathedthroughsilver.wordpress.com), and other places.

The True Hero of Valentine’s Day

As the white, pink and red fill up the stores, as the chocolates get eaten from cardboard hearts, we as a society reflect on what we will give and what we will get.  It’s the curse of consumerism.  Yet in the midst of all the gifts, bribery,  and advertising, there is a thread of true love.  In the middle of all the pressure there is the inkling of what it truly means to give without receiving, to hope without expecting, to live with the threat of continual and everlasting embarrassment. This hint of what love truly is happens to be embodied in a character.

Let me explain… (more…)

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Creation, Fall, Redemption

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As we survey the stories around us, we start to see that certain authors put into their writing their views of the world. This is normal and expected. Dr. Seuss’s whimsy comes through on every rhyme, even though his World War 2 political cartoons were hard-handed against isolationism. The macabre of Alfred Hitchcock is in every dark and foreboding scene of his films – and it is said that it came from him being punished in a jail cell at a young age. The wonder of C.S. Lewis in his fictional works is very apparent, so much in fact that arguably it brought both science fiction and children’s fantasy away from pulp and into the mainstream. (more…)

Infinite impossible possibilities: the Multiverse vs Fine Tuning

Cosmos

There have been a lot of stories dealing with parallel universes. In past years, TV shows like Sliders, Stargate-SG1, Star Trek, Fringe, Doctor Who and many others have played with the idea of universes of infinite possibilities. Other mediums would include the video game Bioshock Infinite or most comic books. These science-fiction stories are interesting and show a variety of creativity in ‘what if’ stories like having Leonard Nimoy in a Goatee!

There is a theory that this multiverse actually exists, and while it has been around for a while, it now is one of the main contenders against the fine tuning argument. (more…)

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus… If You Studied Your Church History

It’s that time of year again, where we worship the incarnation of God-become-man Jesus. Others, however, sing songs about a fat jolly man dressed in red who flies around the world in one night.

However, there good reasons to believe that there actually was a “Santa Claus”. He is much more than the Coca-Cola red north pole dweller; he actually existed and he served the cause of Christ. (more…)

Thanksgiving – The Time of Gratitude

It’s time again for my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.  It’s a time of reflection on the gifts we have received. As Ravi Zacharias writes in his book ‘Recaptured by Wonder,’ gratitude is the first step to wonder. Gratitude does not come easy because it is first and foremost a mindset.

A brief reflection on the start of the holiday is a good place to begin – no, not the pilgrims… but when the day was proclaimed as a national holiday. (more…)