Thoughts on Lent 6: Mystery

Phantastes

In the face of  "unprecedented mystery"  we turn to the great writers who convey clarity of vision beyond what eyes see. From George MacDonald's classic fantasy novel, Phantastes: Fairy Land is full of oddities and all sorts of incredibly ridiculous things, which a person is compelled to meet and treat as real existences, although at the time he feels foolish for doing so. I felt as if a cool hand had been laid upon my heart and had stilled it. My soul was like a summer evening, after a … [Read more...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

                  By Wendy Murray Yesterday, February 4, what would have been Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 108 birthday. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging, age 39, in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. He and small-but-fierce contingent of devoted Protestants actively resisted the Nazi encroachment in both church and state. They founded the Confessing Church movement to mount active … [Read more...]

Judge in Amanda Knox Verdict : “This Case Consumed Many Lives”

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By Wendy Murray Alessandro Nencini, the presiding judge in the recent guilty verdict in the case against Amanda Knox, agreed to be interviewed by Italian crime journalist Fiorenza Sarzanini, for Italy's  newspaper, Corriere della Sera. The interview was published two days after Knox was found guilty (along with Raffaele Sollecito) of the 2007  murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 28.6 years in prison. (A third convict, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year prison … [Read more...]

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s Live Questions & a Few Answers

Edward Snowden

By Wendy Murray Yesterday, January 23, American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, answered questions put live to him through the Twitter hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia for leaking secret documents of the NSA (National Security Agency) to major media outlets, revealing details of domestic and global surveillance schemes run by the NSA. Since his disclosures in May of 2013 a firestorm of public debate has ensued, along with intense scrutiny of current policy. … [Read more...]

MLK’s Christian Call and Why It Matters

By Wendy Murray Today is  Martin Luther King,.Day, which also marks the release of a new book highlighting King, his legacy and the Christian faith that animated it. Birmingham Revolution (IVP) by Edward Gilbreath, offers an intimate exploration of how King's faith informed his vocation during the challenging issues of his time. I worked with Ed for several years where we both served as editors at Christianity Today magazine. We cut our teeth together learning the important role … [Read more...]

A Worthy Aspiration for the New Year

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5 Hopes For the New Year

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By Wendy Murray Dear Friends and Readers, I have been on hiatus from posting and it has been time well spent, though I apologize for the prolonged and unexplained absence from Poets & Lunatics. In the upcoming year I will be writing, as I have tried to in the past, about issues that highlight the complicated humanness with which we tangle while at the same time trying to remain people of authentic faith. I have spent these months in transition, being on the road most of the summer … [Read more...]


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