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No. 3


E s s a y s

Loving Our Enemies
A Look at Why We Wrongly Love Our Opponents
Dan Allender

It doesn't take much to build a friendship--just a common hatred. Having an enemy provides us a cheap basis for destroying evil without compelling us to see similar evil in ourselves. What is necessary for us to biblically love our enemy-and truly see our opponent as a friend?

Life in Middle C
The Logic of the Great Symphony
Peter Hiett

Our universal recognition of compression waves in the atmosphere is due to the basic human attraction to intuitive mathematics. Got that? In short, there's a reason we all love music. It's because at its heart is a Conductor with a tuning fork who strikes middle C in our souls.

Whimpering Toward Eternity
The Waning Anger-and Art-of Oliver Stone

Scott Sawyer
For many, the provocative auteur's self-characterized "wakeup cinema" has had profound personal meaning. Now, the passion of the last-angry-man director whom critics and culturalists love to revile appears to be running an inevitable course.


Answering the Knock of Relationship
Liam Atchison
Curiosity without relationship is voyeurism. With relationship, it is presence-in-the-moment, meaningful engagement with another. This latter form is standard battle gear for the fearless warrior who would do battle for souls.

We Are His Poiema
Toward a Poetic Lifestyle
Joy Sawyer
God knows something of good poetry. Paul says we are his living poems, his own artistic expression. Yet God also has invited us to approach life with a poet's heart of our own-an unfettered passion that beats wildly with the pulse of redemption.

The Ethical Implications of Storytelling
Giving Ear to the Literature of the Oppressed
Daniel Taylor
William James said the greatest gap in all of nature is the gap between one human mind and another. How willing are we to see the powerful flares that stories send into the night sky?

The Mars Hill Interview

A Conversation with Eugene Peterson
Michael J. Cusick
A pastor to three hundred for twenty-nine years, he wrote book after nonfaddish book speaking a timeless language other pastors learned to feed upon. Then he wrote The Message, the exegetically exemplary New Testament paraphrase that became an overnight success employing the language of his small-town roots. Mars Hill Review talks with Eugene Peterson, a most reluctant-and most contemplative-best-selling author.

Reminders of God


"The Sunshine Committee"
Linda Berry

"The Inept"
Leif Peterson

"Bleeding and Other Messes"
Carolyn Jensen

The Writing Life
Sharon Hersh


"Toward the Holy One"
Gwendolyn Carr

"Give Us This Day"
Stephen West

Jake Forrester

"A Monday in Hays, 1988"
Carolyn Jensen

"Tintern Abbey"
Marci Johnson

"Turning Toward/Away"
Brian Sprague

"wine into water"
Joy Sawyer


Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen
A tithed life.
Bill Bolthouse

Home, Blessid Union of Souls
Devlin Donaldson

Delusions of Grandeur, Fleming and John

Good News From the Next World, Simple Minds

In the House of Stone and Light, Martin Page
Four for the heart.

Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits
Growing up with the Boss.
Brent Short


Doing Theology with Huck and Jim, by Mark Shaw
Antidote to the doctrine allergy.
Ken Wilson

Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy
"I was ugliness...."
Sharon Hersh

Ladder of Years, by Anne Tyler
Rendering a quiet trust.
Ellen Haroutunian

Gal: a true life, by Ruthie Bolton
A gathering of raindrops.
Cindy Schott

Books Also Recommended
Dudley J. Delffs


Stirring up the noble impulse.
Bill Bolthouse

Il Postino (The Postman)
Solemnity and joy.
Aram Haroutunian

Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas.

Mars Hill Contributors