Bob Dylan, Christmas in the Heart (2009) BY: Denis Haack Margie and I add to our Toad Hall collection of Christmas music by purchasing one new album each year. So, when I learned Bob Dylan was releasing Christmas in the Heart, this year's selection was guaranteed.
The Road (Cormac McCarthy, 2006) BY: Denis Haack Hope In The Ashes: They are on a road, alone, surrounded by devastation, blasted by the cold. Houses stand empty, doors ajar, windows broken, floors and ceilings buckling from moisture seeping in from slowly disintegrating roofs.
Reign Over Me (Mike Binder, 2007) BY: Denis Haack On September 11, 2001, Charlie Fineman was in a taxi en route to JFK airport to meet his family when he heard the first report of an airplane crashing into a building in Manhattan.
Faith At The Edge: A Book for Doubters (Robert Wennberg, 2009) BY: Denis Haack Regardless of whether you have lived in the dark night of the soul or only heard of it, Faith at the Edge is a rich meditation on the reality that the God who promises to never leave can often seem, for many of us, frustratingly far away for frustratingly long periods of time.
Joyeux Noel! Great Music for the Celebration of Our Lord's Birthday BY: Jeff Heyl What of the music of Christmas? Surely it is special, majestic, magical, sweet, peaceful. Suddenly, the ear hears wonderful melody, rich choirs, magnificent orchestras, a plethora of soloist styling’s providing a richness and tranquility often missing the rest of the year.
Heavy Metal In Baghdad (VBS.TV, 2007) BY: Matthew Hundley Despite the enthusiastic fan base (albeit small) heavy metal is not a welcome musical style in Iraq. To hard-liners it represents an embrace of Western ideals and thus is frowned upon.
A Deadly Misunderstanding (Mark Siljander, 2008) BY: Matthew Hundley Christians and non-Christians often find “bridges” into each others lives through aspects of the culture which they enjoy--films, books, music and literature. When a Christian is faced with developing a relationship with a Muslim we may first look for common cultural interests as well; in doing so, however, we miss the most evident “bridge” before us: Jesus Christ.
Pride of Baghdad (Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon, 2009) BY: Matthew Hundley A real incident where animals escaped from the Baghdad zoo becomes the basis for an interesting parable about post-war Iraq.
What makes you afraid? BY: Denis Haack Hardly a week goes by without some report identifying some threat in the food supply. Experts say that terrorist sleeper cells wait quietly, blending into the background until some nefarious command sets a deadly plan into action. Physicians are certain that given global travel, the question of a deadly worldwide epidemic is not whether, but when. So...What do you fear?
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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