Literary lyrics

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I love psalms. I love reading and meditating on them. And I love singing them in worship. But I also like singing hymns during the service, especially when they tie in well with the sermon and focus the mind on the divine. Hymns often duplicate the message … Continue reading Literary lyrics

Watering Image

Art. Faith. Mystery. IMAGE explores the intersection of those fundamental concepts in ways that stretch imagination, foster creativity, and promote community. Each issue of the IMAGE journal contains poetry, fiction, visual art, and interviews with artists. Publisher and editor Gregory Wolfe and the rest of the IMAGE folks host the popular Glen Workshop each year in East and West locations. In … Continue reading Watering Image

Makoto Fujimura’s recommendations on creativity

Well-known artist Makoto Fujimura recommends on the Christianity Today site his top five books on creativity. If you click on that last hyperlink, you'll see his five are: The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde On Beauty and Being Just by Elaine Scarry Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle … Continue reading Makoto Fujimura’s recommendations on creativity

The Help, book review

BOOK REVIEW by Glenda Mathes  The Help by Kathryn Stockett © 2009 by Kathryn Stockett Berkley Books: New York, NY, 534 pp.   While The Help tells about black domestics working for white housewives in Jackson, MS, during the 1960s, it also shows how a young woman loses her naiveté and her place in Southern society, … Continue reading The Help, book review

Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

On this wonderful Wednesday, I wonder about many things. Most of them are research questions related to the NaNoWriMo novel I began yesterday. In three hours, I wrote 3,193 words. That couldn't be considered a terrific sprint, but it was a very satisfying beginning that put me 693 words above yesterday's scheduled goal. This is what I discovered: … Continue reading Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

Reformation resources

You won't see John Calvin bobble-heads or Martin Luther window clings in the seasonal aisle of your local discount store, but Reformation Day is right around the corner. Many Reformed churches sponsor conferences this time of year, which recharge adults' Reformed batteries, but what about the kids? How does your family or church jumpstart children's … Continue reading Reformation resources

Secret of Chimneys

Mysteries were my standard reading fare during the long summer breaks between my highschool years. Ever since I've equated summer reading with mysteries. And although I now have several favorite authors, my first favorite mystery writer--and one who remains a favorite despite some criticisms--is Agatha Christie. Last night I read The Secret of Chimneys, one of her … Continue reading Secret of Chimneys

The two-edged sword of promotion

On this wonderful Wednesday, I'm wondering about promotion, which is a two-edged sword for the Christian who writes. One side of the blade cuts with the necessity of self-promotion, while the other side slices with the desire for kingdom promotion. I write to glorify God. When I begin thinking about my name on the cover … Continue reading The two-edged sword of promotion

Redeeming YA fiction

Janie B. Cheaney and Emily A. Whitten write discerningly about Young Adult literature over at their Redeemed Reader website. Yesterday's intriguing post by Janie piques my interest in the "Use and Abuse of Youth Literature." The two recently interviewed Meghan Cox Gurdon who wrote in June for the Wall Street Journal a controversy generating review about the "Darkness … Continue reading Redeeming YA fiction

Thinking biblically about literature and movies

The August issue of Tabletalk by Ligonier Ministries warms my heart with a subject close to it: literature. In the past, I've read R.C. Sproul's thoughts on "The Unholy Pursuit of God in Moby Dick," but that brief article in the August Tabletalk is an excellent summary of his views. In "Good and Evil in the … Continue reading Thinking biblically about literature and movies