The Imperfectionists (Tom Rachman, 2010) BY: Denis Haack Arthur’s cubicle used to be near the watercooler, but the bosses tired of having to chat with him each time they got thirsty. So the watercooler stayed and he was moved. Now his desk is in a distant corner, as far from the locus of power as possible but nearer the cupboard of pens, which is a consolation.
Listening to Critics: When musicians raise questions about faith (IV) BY: Justin Sembler Enter Monsters of Folk. Their music doesn’t just grab your attention—it demands that you pay close attention. The music matches the message as well as any band I have ever listened to.
Internalizing the Scriptures: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack "We live today in a world impoverished of story; so it is not surprising that many of us have picked up the bad habit of extracting ‘truths’ from the stories we read..."
Notes From Toad Hall Gift List 2011 BY: Margie Haack Each year Margie makes a few suggestions you might consider giving to someone you know and love. True, you won’t find them equally appealing, and, yes, her tastes are probably questionable (although who doesn’t need Common Prayer?)
The Conspirator (Robert Redford, 2010) BY: R. Greg Grooms The belief that there is one set of rules that apply equally to all our citizens, regardless of race, sex, or social standing, has never been as true in practice as we like to pretend it is.
The Cross and the Wide World BY: Preston Jones “If we prove ourselves good citizens of His here [on earth],” Polycarp wrote to the Philippians in the second century, “we shall reign with him hereafter, if we have faith.” Faith and works together.
God, Jehovah, and Allah: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack Some will object to the notion that Christians, Jews, and Muslims are members of the same household or family, while others will be comfortable with this language, insisting that semantics should not stand in the way of learning from one another. Praying with the Earth is written so as to be acceptable to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim believers.
True Grit (Coen Brothers, 2011) BY: Andrew H. Trotter, Jr. True Grit is a classic western with all the elements of the journey story. Both Rooster and Mattie (and LaBouef to some degree) develop in the movie, not just in our eyes as revealing character they already contained, but as changing, learning to trust others, learning humility, learning friendship. Even as they persevere in the face of repeated challenges, they begin to trust each other, realizing they cannot do alone everything worth doing in life.
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) BY: R. Greg Grooms “The medium is the message,” i.e., how the story in The Tree of Life is told is what the story is about. Life often seems beautiful, but is apparently random and disjointed. Rarely does it make sense to us as we’d like it to. In this regard Malick’s film is certainly honest, if not encouraging.
Margie's Stuff: Collections of Essays, Audio Recordings, and Recipes by Margie Haack BY: Margie Haack "Margie's Stuff" is a new sub-site of Ransom Fellowship that gives access to all her work and writing: enter here
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- Garrison Keillor
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