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Review: Seveneves

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Buy a copy: Kindle/Print If there’s a cardinal sin for a novelist, it’s to fail to recognize when he’s trying to combine too many stories into one. I understand that Stephenson is known for packing in lots of ideas rather […]

Shotguns as Sacrament

I’m not going to wade into the deep aftermath of Orlando – that space is already thick with people screaming at each other, and surrounded by those weeping too hard to read the political debates about gun control, immigration reform, definitions of terrorism, the interplay of race and fear, and […]

Music Monday: Rap is art

Some of you will hate this video, but you should watch it anyway. I do need to point out that hip hop and rap usually contain references to violence and strong language. I’m not condoning the content of the lyrics. But the artistry of the words — that’s impossible to […]

The value of artists for the church

This thought struck me today:  Do the “worship wars” exist in our churches (and I’m thinking of conservative Evangelicals mostly) because we lack a deep and meaningful theology of art? Do we devalue certain kinds of music or performance because, generally speaking, we devalue the artists among us? I realize that […]