God’s Grand Design – Sean Michael Lucas (Book Review)

Many, if not most, Americans have read nothing more by Jonathan Edwards than his infamous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Public high school English class usually depicted him as the quintessential fire and brimstone New England Puritan. But Sean Michael Lucas’s newest title, God’s Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan […]

On Schubert’s Winterreise (Part 2 of 2)

Read part 1 here. In light of the failure of Winterreise’s premise to be ultimately convincing (as discussed in the last post), more practical-minded folk might easily view it as quintessentially immature and even comically or loathsomely self-pitying at base. It might be tempting to conclude that anyone who would find him/herself compelled by Winterreise simply […]

On Schubert’s Winterreise (Part 1 of 2)

Winterreise, meaning “winter journey” in German, is a song cycle by Franz Schubert to a text by Wilhelm Müller[i] that arguably stands at the zenith of the Western art-song literature. Against the backdrop of unrequited love, it describes a young man’s journey through a winter land-/psyche-scape. His basic awareness is emotional rather than rational: he is propelled […]

TGC: Stephen Um on Sermon Preparation

The Gospel Coalition has a post from Stephen Um on what an ordinary week of sermon preparation looks like in his experience. Here’s one of the takeaways: Consistently Find Your Identity in Christ, Not in Your Preaching.  The gospel you preach must define you. You need to taste it to know that it is good. […]

The Heart as an Idol Factory: Then and Now

Stephen Um and Richard Lints on the idols of our hearts. What is your functional deity? Is the thing that your worshipping deserving of your worship? Watch Stephen Um and Richard Lints discuss and define the nature of idolatry, then and now.

Why Cities Matter (Book Cover Unveil)

Yesterday, Justin Buzzard gave us a glimpse of the cover of the book that he and Stephen Um just finished writing together. Needless to say, we’re extremely excited to tell you about it, and you’ll be hearing quite a bit in the coming months about Why Cities Matter. One exciting fact, which is hard to make out in this small […]

A Lonesome Ministry

Loneliness has been on my mind since meeting with a Harvard senior the other day. While reflecting with her back over her time at Harvard, I asked her what some of the biggest challenges of life at Harvard were. She answered that many relationships were simply about the mutual goods that the two parties could offer each […]

Creature and Creator in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Often, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Halloween-inspired brings to mind images of a hulking figure with green skin and bolts protruding from its neck, lurching down a hallway with arms propped forward, communicating in primal grunts and seeking to destroy all in sight.  In truth, Frankenstein is an all-too-human story that speaks to the longings and desires found in every heart. […]