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Pitched at the Brink
A Meditation on Wilderness, Poetry, and the Sacred
When the author heard wolves howling during a camping trip in the mountains, he was reminded, mysteriously, of his daughter and a dying friend. What is it about the wild, the incomprehensible, the imminence of death, that floods us with such a sense of splendor our souls begin to dance?
The Three Languages of Mentoring
Saul, Jonathan, and David-Which Will I Be?
In an age dominated by broken families, more and more people are turning to wise elders to find the father or mother they never knew. As such, mentors can be an instrument to repair the ruins of immense personal loss. Moreover, Don Hudson contends, they can be a powerful means of revealing the fatherhood and motherhood of God to a generation of spiritual orphans.
Mimicking Our Disruptive Father and Our Diverse Older Brother
Learning Prophetic Disruption, Priestly Connection, and Kingly Service
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it is not a commendable attribute in a world that glories in originality. Yet the fact remains that we grow immensely by trying on the manners and perspectives of those we admire. We may find a healthy balance, the author argues, in mimicking a good mentor-one who teaches us not to become like him, but who, in teaching us wisely, makes us a better image of Jesus Christ.
A Fool and a Prophet
Using Wit as a Vehicle for "Truthing in Love"
The use of wit as a tool for truth is a skill that every friend ought to possess. King Lear's fool knew this, as did the biblical prophet Nathan, who confronted King David. Will Laughlin finds there is much to be learned from these two wily truth-tellers about "truthing in love."
The Mars Hill Interview
A Baptism of Imagination
A Conversation with Peter Kreeft
The Boston College prof is well-known in academic circles for his intriguing studies on the philosophies of Blaise Pascal and Thomas Aquinas. But he is best known among evangelicals for his work in apologetics, using imaginative, dramatic dialogues between personalities as diverse as John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis to illustrate differing worldviews. In this interview, you'll meet the lively Catholic mind behind a forthcoming novel on "fat Jewish-mother substitutes [speaking] on the post-abortion trauma of Orthodox Jewish girlfriends of philosophical Muslim surfers in Boston in 1978."
Reminders of God
The Writing Life
Views and Reviews
"Out at the Place"
"A Tribute to a Gentle Man"
"Within a Weary Land: The Literature of My Childhood"
"Killing the Snake: Foiling the Birds"
"Star Seed Sand"
"Children of Bereavement"
"Resurrection: Rocky York Islet, August 8"
"Possess Your Soul in Patience"
"For Dick Thorson, A Fine and Steady Man"
"She Looked Back"
Interview: Terry Taylor
Patty Cabrera, Always & Forever
The Choir, Free Flying Soul
Sting, Mercury Falling
Howard Jones, Live Acoustic America
Music Also Reviewed
Profile: Kazuo Ishiguro
The Alienist, Caleb Carr
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
Books Also Reviewed
Dudley J. Delffs
Mr. Holland's Opus
Anne Frank Remembered
Judith Terry McCune
Man Facing Southeast
Films Also Reviewed
Compiled by Laura Wackman
Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas.
Mars Hill Contributors