“No More of This”

Culture / Ordinary Life

Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. 5:30 pm. The House Between. Margie and I did something we rarely do—we turned on the television news, WCCO…

Film comment: Elysium (2013)

Movies

When wealth divides I watched Elysium because I am fond of science fiction and believe it one of the best genres in which to…

The Green Frontier (Netflix); Ragnarok (Netflix); Evil (CBS)

Movies

Supernatural realities Although perspectives shaped by the Enlightenment—within or without the church—will have barely noticed, the world is rife with mystery, principalities, mystical voices,…

Old prayers in modern Vietnam: A meditative review

Books / Spirituality

This collection of prayers from the early seventeenth century, edited by the poet Robert Hudson, travelled with me to Vietnam. For a second time,…

Murder Most Foul (Bob Dylan, 2020)

Culture / Music

I am writing this isolated during the coronavirus pandemic. Writing is a solitary vocation, but this is different. Isolation sucks delight from life, replacing…

Poetry: Midnight Sledding

Poetry

Midnight Sledding             (December 31, 2009) A last December sled down Grandpa’s hill, Surprised to see beneath a bright blue moon, A seldom second…

Poetry: A Promising Stone

Poetry

A Promising Stone I cannot afford you flawless. To boast this stone so seeming smooth Glitters in grace through cracks and cuts And faults…

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)

Movies

A Hidden Life shouldn’t be hidden “A darker time is coming,” we hear in Terrence Malick’s new film A Hidden Life. “Men will be…

The Seamless Life (Steven Garber, 2020)

Books / Faith / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

The Seamless Life Over many years of mentoring and teaching, Steve Garber has rightly insisted that the Lordship of Christ should transform our view…

Tom Waits (Matt Mahurin, 2019)

Books / Music / Visual Art

Tom Waits by Matt Mahurin This large format, coffee-table art book will be of interest to people who love music album cover art, collaborations…