Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters

"The details of this story are true," Newberry-winning author Lois Lowry writes of her beautiful father-daughter story Crow Call.  "But parents and children groping toward understanding each other--that happens to everyone.  And so this story is not really just my story, but everyone's." It is indeed.  Lowry's Crow Call is a masterful evocation of the … Continue reading Crow Call: Beautiful Children’s Book for Fathers and Daughters

Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

Art washes from the soul the dust of ordinary life.  --Picasso This simple sentence makes exploring the world of art and artists accessible, removing the fear that I'm not deep enough or educated enough to find enjoyment in its kaledescopic worlds.  Art washes the dust of ordinary life from the soul. One artist who does … Continue reading Links to Explore the Soul-Washing Art of Marc Chagall

The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Blatantly evangelistic movies aren't really my cup of tea. As much as I appreciate the effort to share the good news at the movies, I find that films designed to argue viewers into belief come off as pushy and strident.  I'm on their side when it comes to loving Christ, but their style often falls … Continue reading The Case for Christ Film an Improvement over God’s Not Dead

Pollyanna vs. Curmudgeon: The Case for Realistic Optimism

I've neither read nor watched Pollyanna, but I know I've been insulted when someone applies the name to me. When you've just been equated with a syrupy fictional orphan, you've pretty much been put in your place. I'll elaborate briefly. "Read THIS, Pollyanna" means "take a look at reality, Happy Pants." "Back it down, Pollyanna" … Continue reading Pollyanna vs. Curmudgeon: The Case for Realistic Optimism

Scorsese’s Silence: A Four-Question Examination of Conscience

Anyone who missed Martin Scorsese's big-screen interpretation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence hasn't had much of a wait for its video release. Having read the haunting novel several years ago, I jumped at the chance to experience the screen version when SILENCE appeared on the marquee of my small-town theater during Lent. I knew its dark … Continue reading Scorsese’s Silence: A Four-Question Examination of Conscience

The Fishermen and the Risen Christ: 153 Reasons Why I Love and Believe the Story

The first paragraph of Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It delighted me with its authenticity when I opened the book on a camping trip many summers ago. "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing," the narrator begins, noting that his father was a minister who tied his own … Continue reading The Fishermen and the Risen Christ: 153 Reasons Why I Love and Believe the Story

How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Swiss painter Eugène Burnand renders the confusion and hope of Peter and John's first Easter morning with such poignancy. They'd learned of the resurrection from some women friends who'd been told by an angel, and particularly from Mary Magdalene, told by the risen Christ himself, to tell them.  And then they ran to see that … Continue reading How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Holy Saturday: Harrowing the Hell in Our Hearts

It was on a Holy Saturday about ten years back that I first saw an image of the "Harrowing of Hell," a depiction of Christ entering the realm of the dead and releasing the souls imprisoned there (1 Peter 3:19) We proclaim it in the Apostle's Creed:  Jesus Christ "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Harrowing the Hell in Our Hearts

Good Friday’s Speech and Silence

It is Good Friday.  Meditating on speech and silence in various Good Friday texts can enlighten us about our own uses of speech and silence. The choices of those present that sorrowful day may bring us to a fruitful examination of conscience, as we see: Accusation:  "The chief priests accused him of many things." Truth:  … Continue reading Good Friday’s Speech and Silence

“Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday

This evening marks a beautiful night:  the night Christ gave us a new commandment: that we love one another. The night he stripped off his outer garment, knelt and washed his friends' feet, telling them they must do likewise, serving one another.  The night he took bread and wine and said, "This is my body, … Continue reading “Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday