Grand Rapids, Here I Come

I'm packing for an early-morning flight to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing, and I won't be home until Sunday night.So, I probably won't have much opportunity to blog from there.I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there. If you want to attend my presentations, check the schedule (link above).Have a great weekend. Go see The Visitor this weekend! … [Read more...]

Poem of the Week

Yesterday as I was driving home from work, I heard Garrison Keillor's daily "Writer's Almanac," and when he read the poem for the day, I almost had to pull over for the tears in my eyes.It's a beauty.I need to listen to this little program every day from now on.What are your favorite poems? Give us the title and author... and a link to the text if you can find it. … [Read more...]

Hemingway’s Advice for Storytellers

Hemmingway, via my friend David Habecker: Jeff,I ran across this reference to Hemingway today and thought you might appreciate it, with its obvious application to much so-called "Christian literature":"No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in," says Hemingway. "That kind of symbol sticks out like raisins in raisin bread. Raisin bread is all right, but plain bread is better." He opens two bottles of beer and continues: "I tried to make … [Read more...]

Longford (2006)

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This capsule review was originally published in the Winter 2008 installment of Connections, an email newsletter for Seattle Pacific University alumni.-Presented on HBO in 2006, Tom Hooper’s film Longford offers one of the most inspiring and moving portrayals of a Christian in recent memory.A frequent and compassionate minister to prisoners, the Seventh Earl of Longford — Frank Pakenham, or “Lord Longford” — made headlines and stirred up scandal in the 1960s as he developed a friendshi … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse on “U23D” and Many More…

At The Kindlings Muse, you can now download the latest podcast conversation about movies between Dick Staub, Greg Wright, Jennie Spohr and me. On that fine afternoon a couple of weeks ago, we discussed... … [Read more...]

Michael Chabon’s Famous, Unfilmed “Spider-man 2″ Script is Yours

Michael Chabon, who I'll be seeing at Calvin's Festival of Faith and Writing next week, isn't just an acclaimed novelist. He also took a stab at the screenplay for Spider-man 2, and when I heard him speak about that in Seattle a few years ago, he talked about how the experience of writing a comic book movie for Hollyowod was not one he was eager to repeat.Now, the script he wrote is available for download, at least for now, via McSweeneys. … [Read more...]

Psycho, Killer, Bigot, or Saint? Christians in the Movies in 2008.

It's 2008, and I'm still waiting to see if any brave filmmakers out there will dare to introduce a Christian character who isn't a mass murderer or a psychopath. … [Read more...]

Compromising Caspian?

Today at CT Movies, witness Mark Moring challenging Douglas Gresham on Prince Caspian. And Gresham's answers are just fine... that is, if you aren't concerned that the movie be true to the book, and if you thought the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was just spiffy.Gresham doesn't seem too concerned about asking "What would C.S. Lewis think about these adaptations?" His answer: He's concerned about what the Holy Spirit would think. So... we should blame the Holy Spirit … [Read more...]

Brian Volck Remembers Paul Scofield

Among my friends, the man with the most impressive voice for reading and public speaking is probably Brian Volck, a pediatrician, coauthor of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos Press, 2006), and a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific's MFA in Creative Writing program.Thus it seemed only fitting that Image journal would publish something of Brian's in remembrance of an actor with an unforgettable voice: Paul Scofield.It's the second reflection on … [Read more...]

Sixpence None the Richer, Together Again, Live

Stephen Lamb reports on this year's most exciting band reunion, live in concert. … [Read more...]


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