Wes Odell (1949-2012)

When I got the word that Wes had slipped over to the other side of things  (one of the ways I like to think of death), the force with which my stomach leapt into my throat surprised me.  I haven't talked to him in so long, but the tears came immediately, and I instantly remembered how …

Taking Transformation

After over a decade of teaching an Arts and Culture class at Abilene Christian University, you'd think I'd have it figured out by now.  Truth is, I'm in my annual panic. It's a bit of ritual, to emerge from the daily privilege of family, work, and more work, to raise my head and try to …

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 …