Archive: Mar 2011



A-Viking We Shall Go

By Andrew Peterson

It’s 2:15 a.m.

Tomorrow morning I’m getting on a plane and flying to Sweden, the land of my forefathers, with Ben Shive Read More ›

Second Edition: What’s New?

By Pete Peterson

When the first printing of The Fiddler’s Gun surprised me by selling out in early December, I jumped at the opportunity to revise the book rather than merely reprint it. There were several aspects of the first edition Read More ›

The Problem with Flannery

By Jonathan Rogers

I’m in the throes of writing a biography of Flannery O’Connor. Since I’ve been working on this project, I’ve talked to a good many people who feel that they are supposed to like (or at least Read More ›

The Hymn of the Crabapple Tree

By Rebecca Reynolds

I don’t remember ever pretending to be a princess. Not even once.

I wasn’t the sort of little girl who asked for plastic dress-up shoes or sparkling makeup sets. I didn’t have a Read More ›

Love Loses: Rob Bell, John Piper, and the Tone Of Public Conversation

By Jason Gray

I haven’t posted here for months as I’ve been working on my new record, so I thought I’d make up for lost time by making my first reentry a long one. Sorry. Read More ›

Face Down

By Lanier Ivester

[Note: Today is Johann Sebastian Bach’s 326th birthday which brought to mind this piece that Lanier wrote last year referencing, in part, Bach’s use of the letters S.D.G. If you’ve read it before, it’s worth re-reading. If you missed it last year, you’re about to experience an extraordinary essay.–Pete Peterson] Read More ›

Ready, Set, Hut.

By S. D. Smith

If you’re a writer, admit it. You have always wanted a “writer’s hut.” According to a source close to me, a writer’s hut is a little structure set apart from the bustle of home life, dedicated to eliminating distractions Read More ›

The Crown of Wisdom

By Randall Goodgame

Yesterday at breakfast, my oldest son had the sniffles. Prone to drama, and with the energy and vigor expected of a sinewy seven-year-old boy, he doubled over and raised up with every sniff. Repeatedly, he Read More ›

Dreamers and Keepers

By Sarah Clarkson

It is always a bit of a mental jolt to discover that one of your best-loved authors greatly dislikes another of your very favorite authors. I felt this Read More ›

Jellybean Highfive and the Solitary Road of Streets

By S. D. Smith

Jellybean Highfive’s unofficial detective business was booming -if booms are what explosions make. Oh, the devastation, he thought. Read More ›

On Ash Wednesday

By Jonathan Rogers

It’s Ash Wednesday. Yesterday my friend Father Thomas, an Anglican priest, burned the palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday to make the ashes to rub on people’s foreheads today. Read More ›

Gus

By Eric Peters

Gus, a delicate yellow gosling, celebrated only a few waddling days on the Mississippi red-dirt farm where my mother grew up. Of the few sights the creature saw during its abbreviated life, the final was the inside Read More ›