Word on Fire

  • Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”: A Great Film for Our Time
    on April 3, 2020 at 12:00 am

    “We must make an idol of our fear, and call it god.” So says the recently departed Max von Sydow in his most famous role as Antonius Block, the returning crusader who plays chess with Death, in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 masterpiece, The Seventh Seal. Block comes home from many battles […]

  • Coronavirus and the Realities of Homeschooling
    on April 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Living within a quarantine of indeterminate length, many parents are having their first experience of becoming hands-on in the academic and spiritual instruction of our children. Word on Fire Institute Education Fellow Robert Mixa brings us a helpful interview on the benefits and challenges of […]

  • Dr. Holly Ordway on Apologetics and the Christian Imagination
    on April 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The Word on Fire Institute is happy to introduce its readers and students to Dr. Holly Ordway, Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute, Visiting Professor at Houston Baptist University, and the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination. Dr. Ordway is a former atheist who […]

  • COVID-19 May Help Parents Reclaim an Important Role
    on March 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Many commands are being issued today in response to COVID-19, and all for the good. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to call your attention to a perennial command to ponder as you’re at home realizing your parental duties: educate your children in the faith. Parents are important […]

  • For a Good Quarantine Read, There Ain’t Nothing Like a Classic
    on March 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Not infrequently, in the middle of a harried day in clinic or after an onerous day slinging emails on the computer, I find myself—in my mind’s eye—nestled in a dimly lit room, swallowed in an oversized chair, reading a classic work of literature. It may be a doorstop novel, lofty […]


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  • Into the Cacophony of Sin
    on April 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    On Palm Sunday, we are privileged to listen to one of the great Passion narratives. In Matthew’s account, we see Jesus as a still-point in the maelstrom, as God’s fidelity amidst a cacophony of sin. In the course of the Passion, Jesus confronts betrayal, laziness, violence, untruth, […]

  • Let Him Go
    on March 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The great Lenten readings for Cycle A move in a kind of crescendo from thirst, to blindness, to death—all metaphors for spiritual dysfunction. This Sunday’s Gospel deals with death through the story of Lazarus who, after four days in his tomb, represents someone who is totally […]

  • A Man After God’s Own Heart
    on March 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our first reading for this weekend gives us a glimpse of one of the most powerful texts in the Bible—indeed, one of the truly great literary works that has come down to us from the ancient world. I’m talking about the story that we refer to as first and second Samuel. At the heart of […]


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