Archive: Jul 2009



Mister Wizard, Get Me Out of Here

By S. D. Smith

Do people everywhere say they covet prayers?

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Tolkien’s Fairy-Story Gifts: Escape

By Travis Prinzi

“I don’t want to analyze a story. I don’t want to find hidden meaning. I just want to escape from the real world for a bit.”

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The High Calling of Bending Low

By Andrew Peterson

I just finished Roald Dahl’s short autobiography Boy: Tales of Childhood, which was a fine gift from Russ Ramsey last time I saw him. I closed the book with a greater belief than ever Read More ›

Why Do You Write Fiction? Part II: Things and Man and God (sorry no Latin)

By S. D. Smith

In the first part (which has Latin in the title, and which you can read here, even here, I say) of this random, semi-coherent series about why I write fiction I made an inexhaustive effort Read More ›

On a Wedding

By Jonathan Rogers

A few years back, some friends–Boris and Martha–asked me to give the charge at their wedding. Here’s part of what I said…

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Working Toward Ten Thousand Hours

By Pete Peterson

It’s poker night. It’s 9pm and several of my friends are upstairs having a great time.I imagine there’s at least one cigar being smoked, a few potent potables sitting around on coasters, and Read More ›

A Juggling Act

By Eric Peters

My family regularly attends children’s storytime at the Nashville Public Library where Library Pete, The Professor, and Mary Mary regale attendees with stories, rainbow drawings, Read More ›

I used to be a snob, but I’m better than that now (and better than you)

By S. D. Smith

C.S. Lewis famously warned us of the dangers of chronological snobbery, and he is right on.
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Finding Criticism

By Pete Peterson

While I was on vacation I got an email from my editor and sat back to consider it with suspicion.  I was worried that it might contain good news and let’s face it, nothing is worse Read More ›

The Most You Can Offer

By Matt Conner

I recently came back from a conference featuring pastors/authors Rob Bell, Peter Rollins and Shane Hipps called Poets, Prophets and Preachers. It was an inspiring time and I left Read More ›

Acting Like Our True Self

By Matt Conner

As the teaching pastor of a local church for nearly five years now, I find myself repeating certain phrases or going back to various word pictures over and over again depending on the Read More ›

Tolkien’s Fairy-Story Gifts: Fantasy

By Travis Prinzi

I intended to continue on the Moral Imagination series by referring to portions of Tolkien’s excellent essay, “On Fairy-Stories;” but the essay itself deserves its own series of posts.  I’ll Read More ›