Archive: Apr 2009



Faith-Full in Little Things

By Ron Block

I picked up my banjo this morning to practice. Lately I’ve been working on speed, and correcting deficiencies in my technique that have crept in as a result of tension. The first thing that happened was my plastic thumb pick snapped Read More ›

An Intuitive Response

By Matt Conner

I recently attended the Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Famed painter Makato Fujimara was there to present at the initial keynote session and he did a fine job setting the stage for the weekend’s Read More ›

Testing, Testing

By Evie Coates

There is such a thing as an ERB test. Don’t ask me what those letters stand for, but they are the standardized aptitude test currently used in the school where I work. I, personally, just love to call them the “erb” tests. As in Read More ›

The Moral Imagination, Part 3: Competing Desires

By Travis Prinzi

A society which rejects a moral imagination (the artistic aspiration toward right order in the soul and right order in the commonwealth) will not necessarily abandon imagination altogether (though the way modernism has treated the Read More ›

Obedience is Just Another Word for Trust

By Ron Block

I see myself in Moses, and in Gideon, arguing with God. “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?,” asks Moses. “How shall I save Israel? My family is the poorest, and I am the least,” said Gideon. And to both God says, “I will certainly Read More ›

Will There Really Be a Morning

By Evie Coates

Heaven knows why it has taken me so long to write a little something about this album, the newest EP from friend and soul sister, Julie Lee. Julie and I met several years ago at a friend’s house and found immediate ease in Read More ›

Of Tweets, Twits, and Twitches

By S. D. Smith

On second thought maybe I won’t start Twittering. Not yet. Not unless someone can convince me that it’s more than just…

“… the telegraph of Narcissus. Not only are you the star of the show, but everything that happens to you, no matter how trifling, is a headline, a media event, a stop-the-presses bulletin.” Read More ›

Major Ian Thomas – The Crucial Self-Discovery

By Ron Block

From The Saving Life of Christ:

The only ultimate source of divine activity in all spiritual life is God Himself – “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col 1:27). The Church is so slow to learn. It admires and seeks to emulate the example of the mighty but so seldom takes Read More ›

Slingshot

By Ron Block

In our desire to be effective expressions of Christ we often fall prey to a subtle trick of the enemy. A temptation arises; we feel the pull of flesh-desires. It doesn’t matter what it is; a thought to use our hatred against a person Read More ›

The New Kindle

By Pete Peterson

For the last few years there has been a lot of speculation about the future of publishing.  The downturn of the economy coupled with the already in-decline publishing industry has been the impetus for all sorts of Read More ›

Tolkien’s Place

By S. D. Smith

A few years back I read Humphrey Carpenter’s excellent, sad, and thrilling biography of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. I don’t intend to here review that book, but I do recommend it for fans of the creator of such epic masterworks as The Lord of the Rings and one of my favorite little stories, Farmer Giles of Ham.
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Curious, Georges

By Evie Coates

“Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our Read More ›