Jesus is the one good king to whom the righteous rulers of legend and literature all point. He, too, comes to us in a humble position, as a God birthed in a stable, crucified as a criminal, before being exalted to glory. He, too, overcomes the enemy armies—in his case, the very armies of Evil itself. He, too, saves us from affliction—not merely pestilence, but the very disease within our souls.
When I return to my hometown, I realize I am a fish out of water. I recognize the sights, the sounds, and the flavors, but they are no longer mine. There is an aesthetic, verbal, and all-around cultural disconnect. The experience is bittersweet.
I was talking with a coworker recently. An English major when he was in college who loves writing stories and reading Dostoevsky, he is now studying at the seminary in … Continue reading The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2
In many ways, I realize my work-in-progress is written to that fifteen year-old me… I want to show him that the pictures of the gospel he is seeing in the books he is reading and in the movies he is watching are really there.
I’m beginning to think that if I don’t have an identity crisis at least once a month, I’m simply not taking in enough good art.
I realized earlier today one basic source of my current writer’s block… I miss the sometimes exciting structure and environment of being in school.
Hammer Films produced many of the very best gothic horror films in the 1950s and 1960s. After its resurrection just a few years ago, Hammer now seems set to continue its tradition onward if The Woman in Black is any indicator.
I’ve almost considered writing a book about my experiences and thoughts while writing my book…
People occasionally ask me what they should read when they start reading literature again as an adult. Below are 35 volumes, most (though not quite all) of which are on … Continue reading Great Books
Everyone has favorite traditions for each holiday… What are your favorite movies, TV specials, music, and literature to enjoy in the days and weeks before Halloween and why?
The vampire only truly makes sense when it feeds on the tradition of Judeo-Christian theology… The crisis happens when we divorce the vampire from its most bare-bones concepts and reinvent it outside the concept of blood sacrifice and the struggle to accomplish eternal life aside from the work of Christ.
It is easy to forget what an enormous impact the King James Bible and the tradition of translations in the century before, all based on the original translation work of William Tyndale, had on the English language that we speak to this very day.