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Hard to believe that it is *that* time of year again, but here we are closing out 2012 and with it comes the attempt to tier the music that has overwhelmed (and at times underwhelmed) our hearts and souls these past 12 months. It has been a year with some surprises to be sure – from the horse dancing glee of Psy with “Gangnam Style” to the recent (so-called) reunion of Nirvana … There’s more to read here.
Advent is the season of hope and expectation. It is knocking on the door and hoping beyond hope that the God we blithely evoke in prayers and service all year long will throw open the door and meet us face-to-face. ”Maybe this year…” we wonder to ourselves “perhaps this will be the year.” But like generations before us we also live in the cynicism of expecting that nothing will noticeably change … There’s more to read here.
Music fans across the blogosphere posted and reposted the news that longtime Athens, Georgia band R.E.M. had decided, in their words, to “call it a day” and disband for the foreseeable future. As Michael Stipe said on their website:
A wise man once said–’the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk
In the introduction to my book Freedom of the Self, I open with a story regarding Rembrandt’s famous 1642 painting “the Nightwatch” I heard while viewing it a few years ago in Amsterdam that frames—both literally and figuratively—my concern with the church today and, in particular, a misguided loss of personhood for many faithful people.
Those who have seen many of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt Harmenszoon … There’s more to read here.
Bidding ‘Adieu’ to the boy wizard: Harry Potter as ‘Shema’ and why Christians need to say thank you to JK Rowling
July 15th, 2011 we “see” and “hear” the end of the Harry Potter saga in its final installment of the Warner Brothers movie franchise that began back in 2000 and with the close of the end credits the summation of one of the most enduring ‘coming of age’ tales in modern history. By see and hear I underscore that the ending of the Harry Potter saga – Harry Potter and the Deathly … There’s more to read here.
One of American artist Georgia O’Keefe’s most famous paintings posted below is entitled “Black Cross.”
Painted in the New Mexico desert in 1929, O’Keefe draws us into this image of a dark cross set against the dusk of a New Mexico desert and pulls us close – very close – not to the scenery that surrounds, but the very thing that both blocks out and centers our vision. She makes … There’s more to read here.