The Rest of the Story
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
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
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
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.
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
Reminders of God
The Writing Life
I Don't Read Rilke Anymore
It's Not Fear of Commitment...Really
James A. Sparrell
"We Know This to Start With:"
"Last Thoughts, Going to Sleep"
"A Codex for Killing"
Judith Terry McCune
Katherine Kellogg Towler
Catherine O'Neill Thorn
Views and Reviews
Essay: When We Were Good
Reviews: Anthology of American Folk Music
Music Also Reviewed
Mahler: A Biography, Jonathan Carr
Where Trouble Sleeps, Clyde Edgerton
David W. Frauenfelder
To Timbuktu: A Journey down the Neger, Mark Jenkins
Books Also Reviewed
Essay: Fiction into Film
Seeing Red: The Pattern Emerges
Films Also Reviewed
Risvolti: Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas
Compiled by James Vescovi
In Memoriam: Brent L. Curtis
Dan B. Allender
Mars Hill Contributors