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No. 11



The Rest of the Story
Doug Frank
We tend to become reactionaries or turn to moral absolutism in our attempts to stave off the chaotic world that lurks at our doorstep - our thirst for control knows no bounds. Only by knowing the freedom of Christ can we find true rest, finding our larger humanness in trusting the One who is always and irrevocably for us.

America as Noise, the Self as Silence
Jon Wallace
Bruce Cockburn wrote, "In the elevator, in the empty hall, how am I going to hear you when you call?" The innumerable beeps, blips, rhythms, and roars that constitute the sound track for our lives bombard our hearing, paralyzing our ability to listen. It is in a paradox - listening to silence - that our souls' longings can be heard, expanding the possibilities of spiritual insight and growth.

Spots of Time
Max Ileine
Epiphany comes when we least expect it, in the "surprised by joy" moments so brilliantly described by Wordsworth and Annie Dilliard. The sacred is unmasked not as much in the fire or the hurricane as in the gentle whisper, and we live in spiritual poverty if we do not fight to find the places where it may reveal itself.


Facing Evil as a Crime Victim
Dan Allender
The heart of evil is found in the Destroyer, the one who seeks the deaden our souls, devour relationship, and annihilate love in the world. Psychologist Dan Allender examines the effects of doubt, despair, and ambivalence upon our lives, revealing how the more powerful forces of faith, hope, and love bring about healing and restoration.

Passionate Love
Mary Blye Howe
The delineation of the Greek words, agape, phileo, and eros into "Godly," "brotherly," and "sexual" love has long been taught in the church. However, according to Frederick Buechner, there is only one kind of love-rich and multi-faceted-for God, lover, isster, child, and friend. It is love that is deep and intense, and ultimately finds both its source and fulfillment in the love of God.

The Mars Hill Interview

The Death of the Church
A Conversation with Michael B. Regele
Dan B. Allender, Kim Hutchins, and Stuart Hancock

Over the past 100 years, the American church has been demoted from a place of influence to cultural marginalization. In reaction to the bewildering forces of postmodernism and relativism, the church has retreated into a "Christian ghetto," a self-contained subculture largely composed of disgruntled church-hoppers and people of low commitment. In the engrossing interview, author Mike Regele discusses the state of the modern church and the hard choices it will have to make in order to once again speak-and listen-to culture.

Reminders of God

The Writing Life


I Don't Read Rilke Anymore
Leif Peterson


It's Not Fear of Commitment...Really
James A. Sparrell

The Radio
Kevin Heath


"We Know This to Start With:"
Luci Shaw

Luci Shaw

"Last Thoughts, Going to Sleep"
Wilmer Mills

"A Codex for Killing"
Wilmer Mills

"Jonestown Koolaid"
Judith Terry McCune

"Getting Well"
Paul Willis

Katherine Kellogg Towler


Catherine O'Neill Thorn

Views and Reviews


Essay: When We Were Good
Douglas Thorpe

Reviews: Anthology of American Folk Music
Douglas Thorpe

Global Divas
Douglas Thorpe

Music Also Reviewed
Douglas Thorpe



Mahler: A Biography, Jonathan Carr
James Vescovi

Where Trouble Sleeps, Clyde Edgerton
David W. Frauenfelder

To Timbuktu: A Journey down the Neger, Mark Jenkins
James Vescovi

Books Also Reviewed
Sheryl Cornett


Essay: Fiction into Film
Sheryl Cornett

Seeing Red: The Pattern Emerges
Nancy Tilly

Films Also Reviewed
Sheryl Cornett

Risvolti: Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas
Compiled by James Vescovi

In Memoriam: Brent L. Curtis
Dan B. Allender

Mars Hill Contributors