This wasn’t an evangelical pep rally. The Book of Common Prayer’s liturgy gave me the prayers of the saints tending my wounds and the body and blood of Christ nourishing my soul.
Unlike your contemporaries, who churned out mostly happy-clappy loves songs to Jesus, you peered into your pain, stared into the darkness of the world, and saw the light of God piercing through that darkness. You used the hurt and brokenness of your life to form art beautiful in all its truthfulness.
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
Almost a year and a half ago, I was having a conversation with one of my pastors. At the time, I was set to soon be part of a church … Continue reading Louisville
With many incarnations already under its belt, does the new film version of Les Miserables live up to such rich material? The answer is one of both glory and misery.
Palm Sunday beings Passion Week (or Holy Week). The primary event the day commemorates is Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on the Sunday before he was crucified.
I have never been entirely comfortable with the bright colors and bouncy music that pervades the stores, radio stations, and even churches this time of year. Maybe it’s my own somewhat darker disposition, or maybe there is something about this season that is supposed to have a hint of darkness.
It seems fitting on the same day that Sojourn Music releases it’s latest album, a Christmas project called A Child is Born, that Peter Leithart shares this word from the late Pope John Paul II…
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?
How is it that a secular rock opera about Jesus Christ played a monumentally pivotal role in my spiritual life?
In answer to the question “Should we ban bad theology carols?” “Only with great care. For thousands, carols will be their only link with a church. At the same time, … Continue reading Sentimental Carols
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense … Continue reading A Regiment of Beauty