The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

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 order to hopefully plant a church overseas someday. We spoke of stories we liked and environments that seemed to inspire us, like gothic buildings and … Continue reading The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis

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.

The King James Bible as Literary Milestone

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.

Beautiful Clarity

"For a Christian rhetoric, perspicuity is the foundation of all the canons of style. Clarity of thought must always be the preacher's aim. Clarity is the basic beauty of eloquent oratory and the driving power that persuades one's listeners. The beauty of teaching is making clear the truth, for it is in the truth itself, … Continue reading Beautiful Clarity

Developing Writing Style

"The way for a person to develop a style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that.  The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him.  I sometimes think … Continue reading Developing Writing Style