Month: September 2013

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

“All Who Wander Are Not Lost” J.R.R. Tolkien It was Easter morning in Kenya and we were in a bus making our way from Kisumu to Kijabe. All along the road we saw groups of people walking and running to church. Some congregations were simply meeting in open fields gathered around a large cross planted in the ground as a sign of the place to worship. Every Sunday – every day – ...[Read More]

An Open Letter to Books & Culture

When I read Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s post last week about the funding crisis at Books & Culture  I had two immediate and opposite reactions. First was the saying I keep on the wall over my desk “When The Horse Is Dead Dismount.”  Second was “Too Good To Fail.” I’ve bounced back and forth between them all weekend. It’s not quite like the tension of confli ...[Read More]

Gothic Giving

I wrote last year on the transition from Gothic architecture to Baroque and how that change reflected a larger and more theological shift in society. Gothic was focused on the hereafter and Baroque was shaped by the desire to make this life better instead of thinking only of the hereafter. “So the emphasis was not spires ‘reaching toward heaven’ and the ‘ordered nature of structure’ but ligh ...[Read More]