"Pop culture through mass media teaches autonomy over accountability and restraint. Pop culture focuses on consuming, not receiving. Pop culture focuses on commodity, not inheritance. Pop culture is about the new, the novel, not the good." Ken Myers My own notes from a lecture attended a few years ago. For my post about the difference between receiving and consuming, based on Myers' … [Read more...] about Monday Myers: Commodity, Not Inheritance
Note: Listen to Berry read aloud his beautiful poem here. The Peace of the Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do … [Read more...] about “… who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief…”
Note: This was posted at The Rabbit Room recently. So, you may have seen it there. Do not read it twice. It's like seeing yourself in time-travel. --sam Last night I wrote a fable. It's fabulous. And by that I mean it's a fable. With me? Words really mean things. I want to be some one whose appreciation of this fact fuels more intentional investigation on word origins. I only have one … [Read more...] about Apples of Gold in a Setting of Silver
This picture inspired me. I'm sure this guy had bigger things in mind, but maybe I can change the world by changing my profile picture. Such a big step in one's life. A lot of artist-types (my people, in many ways) are super-pretentious (like using your initials...kuh!) and we write things like "unique" on our hands and think that cool haircuts, tattoos, t-shirts, or hats makes you artistic. … [Read more...] about Weighed in the Scale and Found Lacking
"In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own. "It is … [Read more...] about Madeleine L’Engle: You Are Not Qualified. Perfect!
This is dedicated to my brother, Josiah, who was a teenage skating phenom in the Republic of South Africa when we were kids. It was the first of about a million things that he became better than me at.The thing remaining that I am better than him at? Um...um...ping pong! Enjoy. This is artistry. HT: Abraham Piper … [Read more...] about On Board Art
This is Tony Reinke's conclusion to an article considering the value of art by non-believers. See the entire piece here. "So here’s a brief summary of what I have learned over the months in reading on this topic: The artistic gift in man is intrinsic. The artistic creativity of God is on display in his creation. The human artistic impulse is, at least in part, a reflection of God’s … [Read more...] about The Image Reflected
UPDATE: Now there are zero slots left. Dang it. My timing stinks. UPDATE: There are almost ZERO slots left. Register now, or lose your place forever. Back-story: The Rabbit Room is a online public house, a website where some Christians (creative types, mostly) meet up and talk about the Story, Story, stories, movies, music, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s supposed to be an Inklings kind of … [Read more...] about What is the Hutchmoot and Why Should I Go?
"To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do - away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make … [Read more...] about Perfect Failure
Ira Glass of This American Life has some fascinating thoughts on the building blocks of good storytelling. I found this very helpful, and inspiring. His remarks on failure are particularly useful (in parts 1 and 3), whatever kind of work you're doing. Here's parts 2, 3 and 4. HT: Brannon McAllister … [Read more...] about Ira Glass on Storytelling
"The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. . . . Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to … [Read more...] about This Goes for Storytelling Too
N.D. Wilson answers this and more in this interview...Listen now. I found Wilson's remarks to be very inspiring and very helpful for: 1. Parents looking for discernment about what kids read. 2. Creative people who love the Bible (authors, musicians, etc.). 3. People who want to understand if we should only receive "Christian" media (books, music, films, etc.) and need wisdom on that front. 4. … [Read more...] about Can Christians Tell Good Stories?