Mali?

Not even four minutes into the last presidential debate, Mitt Romney mentioned Mali as a terrorism hot spot. I was proud that I knew where Mali was, though  had no idea something bad had happened there. As it turns out, according to a post by Morgan Lorraine Roach, after Muammar Qadhafi’s defeat in Libya last October, [Read More...]

Let’s Explore Modern Art

  I know modern art can be strange and difficult. So, let’s spend a week this summer exploring it. I will be leading a week-long class on modern and contemporary art with the Glen Workshop, sponsored by IMAGE Journal. The workshop takes place June 10-17 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. In addition [Read More...]

Hunting Satan

Guest blogger Dawn Duncan Harrell is author of Ten Ways to Pray. You can find her here and read more here. “So is evil a force like gravity, the propensity to serve self at the expense of the other, or a person that tempts and oppresses humans like Satan?” my fellow reader asked. We were sitting—she [Read More...]

“You’d be Really Pretty if You were White”: Jesus and Race in America

Editor Note: Today’s Guest Post is by Doneila McIntosh. Doneila is completing her M.Div. at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is a wife and mother of two boys.  A few nights ago, as my family was sitting down for dinner, my three year old Levi asked, “Mommy is Levi white?” As I hesitated [Read More...]

Brave Small World

The Nobel Prize for Physics last week went to two scientists who figured how to isolate quarks for the sake of study, and by way of application, for the sake of quantum computers, doing to classical computers what quantum theory did to classical physics. University of Rochester physics professor  Adam Frank put it this way: [Read More...]

Beyond the Image

  In addition to my weekly blog posts here at Cultivare, I am also contributing as a guest over at “Good Letters: Words Made Flesh,” a blog of IMAGE: A Journal of Art and Faith and hosted over at Patheos. You can read my second post,“Beyond the Image,” which explores what a painting is and is not. [Read more...]

My Kid Can Do That

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, Reina Sofia, Madrid “My kid can do that” is a common accusation leveled against modern artists whose paintings look nothing like the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, or a Thomas Kinkade print. As a museum curator I heard this numerous times. Modern art frustrates our presumptions of what art should [Read More...]

Us and Them

I was invited to give a chapel talk at Biola University in La Mirada, California in the spring of 2011. I spoke about how the book of Jonah is a story about us and them, revealing that the grace that God shows to the unrighteous infuriates those of us who think we are righteous. Unfortunately, [Read More...]

The “Toxic Lie” of Dementia

Tomorrow I’m participating in a panel at Bethel University on Alzheimer’s Disease and the theology of human nature. As life expectancies increase, Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) is clearly becoming, not just a perplexing medical and scientific challenge, but a massive social and economic problem as well. Of course, for those suffering with dementia (and for [Read More...]

Google Drive

If you’re a Google Docs user, perhaps you’ve been a little perturbed with their shift into Google “Drive.” I know you have to change or die in technology, but why is everything that Google does always in beta?  Speaking of Google Drive, did you see the announcement about Google’s Driver-less car? California is the latest state to [Read More...]

A Message in a Bottle

  God calls an artist to be a particular kind of artist in a particular kind of way in the world. This specificity reveals the diversity of artistic practice and the various ways that it is embodied institutionally. Most Christian thinking about art, however, ignores this basic social reality, which every artist (Christian or not) [Read More...]

So Romney won Round One: But I Don’t Care

A CNN poll this morning confirms what the pundits were saying last night: Romney was the winner of round one. The survey shows that 67% of viewers believed Romney to be the winner. But my question is, how much do these debates really matter? They can galvanize and inspire a base around a candidate when [Read More...]


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