Fleeting BY: Margie Haack When the fleeting nature of life unexpectedly confronts us, the questions raised can be depressing or even frightening. However, God knows we don't like being compared to flowers - here-today-gone-tomorrow - and points us toward a deeper understanding of life and death where he comforts and heartens us through his word.
The Sunset Limited (Tommy Lee Jones, 2012) BY: R. Greg Grooms If I’m right, then The Sunset Limited begs an important question: not the one I started this review with--“To be or not to be”-- but rather Pontius Pilate’s question to Jesus in John 18-- “What is truth?”
Bob Dylan, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm only bleeding)" (1964) BY: Denis Haack Whatever the stimulus, a few poets can give birth to lines that address the moment at hand with sudden clarity, yet not be limited to that moment.
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak, 2005) BY: Denis Haack The Book Thief helps us see that even in the midst of intense societal decay human beings remain human, yearning for meaning and dignity and the hope of a love that will not abandon them.
Blasphemy and Free Speech BY: Paul Marshall A growing threat to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults to” religion, especially Islam. Resulting restrictions represent, in effect, a revival of blasphemy laws.
The Music of Bruce Cockburn BY: Denis Haack Fans of Bruce Cockburn and those who want to think seriously about popular music will be interested in Kicking at the Darkness, a book in which Brian Walsh walks us through Cockburn’s music with loving attention to detail.
The Insulted and Injured (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1861) BY: Denis Haack The rich complexity of ideas, the nature of belief, disbelief, and doubt, and the inescapable way the consequences of what we believe shapes our life for blessing or for curse comes through Dostoevsky's novels with all the profundity of the reality within which we live and move and have our being.
Empire of the Summer Moon (S.C. Gwynne, 2010)
The Killing of Crazy Horse (Thomas Powers, 2010) BY: Denis Haack Quanah Parker was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a woman who had been kidnapped by the Comanche during a raid of the family’s home in Texas that lay in land long claimed by the Comanche. Rescue attempts failed, and her son, Quanah rose to become a respected and powerful warrior chief among her adopted people.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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