God and Jack White on the Inconvenience of Love

Every line is about his hopes for love, and yet the way he describes it is terrible – not noticeably love at all. But love is a confrontational virtue. To love someone – family, friend, or spouse – is to stand with them despite adversity. Friends who flee at the first sign of difficulty are not really […]

The Priestly Novels of J.F. Powers

J.F. Powers lived 83 years (1917-1999) and he wrote two novels. His first novel, Morte D’Urban, won the 1963 National Book Award. He didn’t release his second novel, Wheat That Springeth Green until 1988. In between, a number of short stories were published over three volumes, but the man was limited to less than a book […]

Self-Destructive Evil in Sherlock

PBS has recently finished running the second season of Sherlock (courtesy of the BBC).  It’s a curious and brilliant show for a number of reasons.  For one, each season is only three episodes, but each episode is about an hour and a half long; so it feels more like a miniseries.  For another, it is […]

Why Christians Ought to Laugh the Loudest

It’s been sitting in my Evernote queue for a while, but I finally got around to reading “Kidding Yourself is No Laughing Matter” – a semi-recent piece by Tom Jacobs over at Pacific Standard. Jacobs looks at some research which suggests that knowing the truth about your “dark side,” or simply being honest about your […]

The Evangelical Task

Over at The Gospel Coalition blog, Collin Hansen reflects on “the page that changed [his] life.” Found in Carl F.H. Henry’s classic The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism, this quote can still provide the evangelical church with a compelling vision for robust, holistic gospel witness: The evangelical task primarily is the preaching of the Gospel, in the interest of individual […]

Gospel Leadership in the Workplace

When Christians talk about character in the workplace, we have tended to discuss it in terms of moral implications. Moreover, when leadership is discussed, much of the talk is simply about how to give a prominent moral flavor to otherwise recognized leadership skills. Occasionally, Christian writers will descend into shallow character studies in biblical events.[1] Yet just as […]

Glimpses of Glory in Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony

Mendelssohn is wonderfully subtle, I think: regular structures concealing the most striking and sometimes alarming glimmers of irregularity; a polite demeanor revealing glimpses of the most wild wonders and longing, if performers and listeners have ears to hear it. Glimpses and glimmers—that alone is a cardinal element of Mendelssohn’s genius, quite apart from what he […]