Long-title Specials: Fibbs on “Assassination”; a Wedding for Hurst; Flannery on the Church

The Brandon Fibbs Review of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

That was fun to type out. I think I’ll share some more news in the same style…

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The Proposal of Josh Hurst to Kati Ferst Resulting in Their Engagement

Congratulations to one of my favorite bloggers and critics… Josh Hurst!

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And finally…

The Perspective of Flannery O’Connor on the Imperfections of the Church

A memorable quote, worth passing around, featured recently at Flannery’s blog:

The Church is founded on Peter who denied Christ three times and couldn’t walk on the water by himself. All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful. Priests resist it as well as others. To have the Church be what you want it to be would require the continuous miraculous meddling of God in human affairs, whereas it is our dignity that we are allowed more or less to get on with those graces that come through faith and the sacraments and which work through our human nature…Human nature is so faulty that it can resist any amount of grace and most of the time it does. The Church does well to hold her own; you are asking that she show a profit. When she shows a profit you have a saint, not necessarily a canonized one. — (Flannery O’Connor to Cecil Dawkins 12/8/58. Habit of Being, 307)

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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