A Christmas Eve appeal

Every Christmas, it's a different verse that burns with new vitality for me.This year, it's this one: O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of Peace. Merry Christmas, everyone.May God grant us all a greater appreciation for the grace we celebrate tonight. … [Read more...]

Pixar’s “Up” at Cannes; Pete Docter Talks Faith and Filmmaking

I'm happy to see Pixar's new film opening on the kind of platform that the studio deserves. Up is opening the Cannes Film Festival with a presentation in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. That marks the first time an animated film has opened the festival. Wish I could be there.Writer/director Pete Docter was interviewed in Radix (thanks to the CT blog for the link) back when Monsters Inc. was released. Here's an interesting excerpt: Radix: How would you say that being a … [Read more...]

That’s The Spirit!

Roger Ebert: The Spirit is mannered to the point of madness. There is not a trace of human emotion in it. To call the characters cardboard is to insult a useful packing material. … [Read more...]

Yancey: How C.S. Lewis shaped my faith and writing

Philip Yancey in CT:Lewis has taught me a style of approach that I try to follow in my own writings. To quote William James, "... in the metaphysical and religious sphere, articulate reasons are cogent for us only when our inarticulate feelings of reality have already been impressed in favor of the same conclusion." In other words, we rarely accept a logical argument unless it fits an intuitive sense of reality. The writer's challenge is to nurture that intuitive sense -- as Lewis had done … [Read more...]

“We care for the environment precisely because God will create a new earth.”

If you ever overhear me muttering threats while I read Christian media, it's likely that I've discovered more "Christian" shows of contempt for environmentalists.It's amazing how often I find fellow believers putting down those who strive to save the natural world our Creator made. I get sick to my stomach when I hear that Christians disregard the state of the environment because, well, Jesus is coming back soon so why worry about global warming?And when certain Christian movie-review … [Read more...]

A Little Milton on a Monday Afternoon

My new friend Kelly Foster just emailed this to me.It's a quote from John Milton's Areopagitica, which I haven't read since 1991, so it's time to revisit it: … [Read more...]

The New Quotes Page!

Inspired by my friend Jen Zug, I decided it was time for a Quotes page.Submit your own favorite quotes in the comments there, and I'll consider posting it. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, G.K. Chesterton!

When asked to list my ten Desert Island Books, I always include G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. So I would be embarrassed if I did not mark today's importance.From today's Writer's Almanac: It's the birthday of the novelist and essayist G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton, (books by this author) born in London, England (1874). He's remembered today for his detective novels about the bumbling, crime-solving priest Father Brown, but during his lifetime he was primarily known as an essayist. He wrote … [Read more...]

Hope

Thanks to Jim Janknegt for sharing this, from paragraph 35 of Pope Benedict's latest encyclical: "All serious and upright human conduct is hope in action. This is so first of all in the sense that we thereby strive to realize our lesser and greater hopes, to complete this or that task which is important for our onward journey, or we work towards a brighter and more humane world so as to open doors into the future. Yet our daily efforts in pursuing our own lives and in working for the world's … [Read more...]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Art

I just spotted this fantastic quote about art on a friend's Facebook page, and thought I'd post it here.It's from Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Nobel lecture on literature: The task of the artist is to sense more keenly than others the harmony of the world, the beauty and the outrage of what man has done to it, and poignantly, to let people know. Art warms even an icy and depressed heart, opening it to lofty, personal experience. By means of art we are sometimes sent dimly, briefly, … [Read more...]


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