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Douglas Bond, author of more than thirty books, father of six, and grandfather of six--and counting. He is Director for the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class, two-time Grace Award finalist, adjunct instructor in Church history, recent advisory member to the national committee for Reformed University Fellowship,  award-winning teacher, speaker at conferences, and leader of Church history tours in Europe. Full profile

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Going Hence: What Is Lewis Doing Today?

On this day, November 22, 1963, Aldous Huxley died in LA of an LSD overdose, JFK died in Dallas from an assassin's bullet to the head. And on the same day at The Kilns near Oxford, C. S. Lewis's devoted brother Warnie brought a cup of tea to his ailing younger brother. Moments later, Warnie heard a clattering fall. Lewis had tried to get out of bed but had collapsed. He died of kidney failure. "Men must endure their going hence," was the Shakespeare quotation from the calendar on the day Lewis's mother had died many years before when he was nine. Warnie had the words chiseled on his brother's grave marker in Holy Trinity churchyard in Headington Quarry where you can see them today. Eclipsed

Fifth-Rate Poems Set To Sixth-Rate Music

A generation ago, most mature Christians knew the power of singing psalms and psalm-like hymns in corporate worship, in the home, and around the family table. Experienced Christians knew more of life and of the reality of death; they had knelt at the deathbed of loved ones and friends, and made the connection. A disciplined life of joyful singing was one of the very important ways we prepared ourselves for singing in the hour of death, blessing and encouraging the dying—and ourselves, the bereaved living. Enter one of the great tragic problems for the new generation of Christians who have spent their lives singing happy-clappy songs, with little or nothing about death and dying in those song

SONNET WRITING CONTEST!

BOND BOOKS WRITING CONTEST Announcing our Sonnet Writing Contest! Share with all writers teens through 100 year olds. Begins today November 15 and ends with final submissions on December 1, 2019. "...Haply I think on thee,--and then my state (Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven's gate..." Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 ​ How to enter: 1. Subscribe to bondbooks.net and share this on your social media sites. 2. Listen to The Scriptorium podcast: How to write a sonnet in 2 parts 3. Write a sonnet: --14 lines of iambic pentameter --10 syllables per line, arranged in 5 iambs, that is two syllable units of unaccented/accented syllables --consistent meter, acce

Music, the Opiate of the Masses: Communicating the Eternal with the Transitory

[excerpt from God Sings! (And Ways We Think He Ought To) ...many worship songs... were first composed for a solo voice, usually the lead vocalist in a band. In the church service, the worship leader becomes the lead vocalist, usually attempting to make his voice sound like the pop entertainer’s voice who first popularized the new song. This can be difficult, even entirely inaccessible, for untrained voices of the congregation to imitate. Allow me to switch from popular to higher-culture singing to illustrate the point. Imagine trying to sing like Luciano Pavarotti, the “king of the high C’s” as he was known. Imagine him leading worship. Imagine trying to follow his booming tenor. Though he w

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THE RESISTANCE

"The Resistance is quite a work. I read it in one sitting--all the way through. Bond has an extraordinary ability to capture the nature of minds at war. All the ambiguities. All the inhumanities. All the stress of war and flying, the camaraderie, the sense of responsibility--brilliant throughout."

       Marvin Padgett, Executive Director

       Great Commissions Publications 

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