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October 26, 2018
The Chapel of Contemporary Spirituality
When I was in Houston last week, my brother and I also visited the Rothko...
October 23, 2018
A New Anthology of Classic Christian Poetry
When I was teaching, I longed to find a good anthology of classic Christian poetry. ...
July 12, 2018
Purging Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Canon
Even though Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) is a female author of true greatness, she is...
May 16, 2018
Tom Wolfe, the Literary Scourge of Progressives, Dies
Tom Wolfe, 88, has died. The pioneer of "New Journalism," which uses fictional techniques--an interior point...
April 06, 2018
A Close Reading of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper”
One of the most famous religious paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" (1495-1498). ...
April 04, 2018
Bach and His Bible
Is Bach Lutheran? The question is like, "Is the Pope Catholic?" OK, there may now...
April 01, 2018
Christ Is Risen!
I love this painting of the Resurrection by Lucas Cranach the Younger (the son...
March 30, 2018
The First Image of Christ on the Cross: The Staurogram
Just as some liberal Bible scholars have claimed that belief in Christ's divinity "evolved" over...
February 13, 2018
The Lutheran artist, Carl Bloch
In looking for an illustration to go with yesterday's post Transfigured, I came across a...
February 01, 2018
Hypocrisy at the Grammys
The Grammy Awards last Sunday, the music industry's award show, featured the by-now familiar litany...
January 17, 2018
Google’s Arts & Culture Site
Do you know about Google's Arts & Culture site? It's a rather remarkable virtual treasure...
January 16, 2018
Aristotle on What’s Wrong with Today’s Movies
I finally realized what's wrong with movies today. What Aristotle described as the least important...
January 15, 2018
Visiting Churches When I Was Seven
Was my response an indication that I would eventually leave the bland, liberal mainline Protestantism...
January 12, 2018
“The Church of Tomorrow” Is For Sale
The church had no creeds. You could believe whatever you wanted! Surely that's a formula...
December 21, 2017
Luther on Music, Art, & Aesthetic Pleasure
In my previous posts on Mark Mattes’s new book Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, we first...
December 07, 2017
The Case of the Gay Wedding Cake
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, v....
November 29, 2017
Luther on Matter, the Senses, & Emotions
In our last post on Mark Mattes's new book Martin Luther's Theology of Beauty, we...
November 24, 2017
A New Cranach Painting Has Also Been Authenticated
Leonardo da Vinci is not the only Renaissance artist to have a new work added...
November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
November 20, 2017
How Science & Art Come Together in Da Vinci’s “Savior of the World”
Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist. He was also a great scientist--and...
November 16, 2017
The New Da Vinci: “The Savior of the World”
There is a newly discovered and authenticated painting by Leonardo da Vinci, a painting of...
August 29, 2017
“God is an artist!”
One highlight of our time on Kangaroo Island: My 8-year-old granddaughter was showing me the...
August 22, 2017
Today’s Iconoclastic Outbreak
Periodically in history, people get caught up in a cause that finds expression in destroying...
June 23, 2017
Von Uhde’s “Let the Little Children Come to Me”
More from Fritz von Uhde, the 19th century Lutheran artist we've been discussing. This one,...
June 22, 2017
Von Uhde’s “Christ with the Peasants”
More from the Lutheran artist Fritz von Uhde, another variation on the theme of...
June 21, 2017
A painting of “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. . .”
In researching yesterday's post on Saying Grace, I came across this painting. I said to...
June 07, 2017
Dilbert creator likes Trump & questions climate change
One of the funniest comic strips still going is Dilbert, Scott Adams' satirical takedown of...
May 23, 2017
The cup for the laity
The communion practice of the Roman Catholic Church, up until Vatican II, was for the...
May 03, 2017
Making church buildings beautiful again
To be sure, people can pray and worship in any kind of building, a sheet...
January 11, 2017
Actors vs. Trump
Meryl Streep took the occasion of her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes to...
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