For The Love of God…What Do Artists Do?

On the one hand, they take materials in hand and make something.  Craft, craft, craft.  Depending on their discipline, they maneuver the materials they need (paint, voice, clay, what have you) to create objects, experiences, and ideas that alter something of the way we perceive and navigate our world. On the other hand, sometimes they …

Trolling the Newsfeed, Choosing This Day…

What are we doing, texting these little updates? When my friend Carlos Nakar first told me about Twitter, I could not imagine anyone being interested to know I was, say, at Belle Pastry with my friend Jeffrey Crouch (for what is no doubt a God-ordained croissant--scrumptious), or in hearing my 140 character rumination on our …

Theatre Spiked Sunday Morning: On Experiencing “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Race.  Labor.  Civil War.  Apple.  Corporate responsibility, art, and Christ.  The present moment, Sabbath, friendship, taking on the world.  Somewhere in China, men, women, boys, and girls, each having singular, personal names just like we do, sacred mysteries all (see yesterday's post), will go to work today, and the only thing keeping them from flinging …

The CyberSea

The preacher said a couple of weeks ago that the sea has always been a symbol of chaos. Last night, I went surfing.   Not just for the fun of it.  It's time for the annual ramp up toward my January class, that audacious thing having to do with a "Christian Aesthetic", whatever that might …

A Call for Syllabus Ideas

The title of the university class is this: The Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic.   It’s in January, is one week long, 8-5 for five days straight, beginning Monday, and there’s a two-three hour final on Friday afternoon.   I’ve been teaching this class for ten years, a couple of years on my own, and the …

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