E s s a y sFaithful Companions and Guides
Art and Nature as God's Chosen Vocabulary
Ken Gire writes that Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel-the one in which God is reaching his hand to Adam's, their fingers not quite touching-perfectly symbolizes God's relationship to humanity throughout history: whenever he succeeds in reaching us, a window opens between heaven and earth in a moment of revelation. Yet, how do such revelations come to us? The author's interaction with the work of Vincent van Gogh taught him what is required to hear God's voice through his creation and creatures: looking, listening, receiving.
The Glory of His Discontent
Leatherstocking and The End of Nature
"We are not bigger than everything else," nature writer Bill McKibben posits, "we are like everything else, meant to be exuberant and wild and limited." McKibben's theory identifies humanity with nature, says John Leax, and that in itself makes McKibben stand out in a long line of distinguished thinkers and writers on nature. More importantly, Leax points out, McKibben's thought also identifies us with God-and only by such an identification can we demonstrate caring responsibility to forward the healing of all creation begun in the incarnation.
Lingering at Walden
The Mars Hill InterviewNo One Closer
A Conversation with James Houston
Our interview subject in this issue has made an impact on his world less by his "works" than by his self-and that's saying a lot. The author of several noteworthy books-among them The Transforming Friendship, The Heart's Desire, and one that's "still in his head," on mentoring-James Houston is known nevertheless as an influencer upon influencers. Read this quiet elder statesman's bold thoughts on "individuating in Christ," false silence, true spiritual friendship, and more.
Reminders of GodThe Writing Life
FictionViews and Reviews
Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas.
Mars Hill Contributors