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No. 7


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Compassion-The Memory of Splendor
Grieving the Absence of Christ in Our Lives
Janice Meyers

The very thought of compassion fills our imaginations with scenes from AIDS clinics, Bosnia, Mozambique. But when Christ tells us that "compassion is desired more than sacrifice," he's asking for something much more, contends the author. He speaks of a heartache that requires us to see what is missing in life situations, to remember what was, and to long for those things. In short, he calls us to be broken over how little we grieve his absence.

Theology: System or Narrative?
How Story Transforms the Soul
Kirk Webb

Our constant search for meaning in life often drives us to find order where there is none. This wont of the heart leaves us with unsettling questions: Does the systemization of theological truths turn us toward the higher things of God, and God himself? Or does it provide us with an image-an idol-to which we desperately cling?

The Hipness Unto Death
Søren Kierkegaard and David Letterman-Ironic Apologists to Generation X
Mark C. Miller

Denmark in the mid-1800s and late twentieth-century America might appear to have little in common. But the two cultures share common influences-and perhaps a common future. In this essay, the author points out how the eighteenth-century philosopher Kierkegaard, a man ahead of his time in the truest sense, may be the contemporary church's best model for reaching Generation X.


To Find a Place
Sacred Living in a Secular World
Don Hudson

One of the greatest ironies of the postmodern world is that humans have more capacity for communication than at any other time in history-and yet there is a widespread feeling of disconnection. Is "living more simply" the answer, or an unrealistic expectation? Neither, says the author; the point must be to have sacred places in our lives that bid us return again and again.

Three Poets "Haunted by Dreams of Eternity"
Gerard Manley Hopkins, R.S. Thomas, and Rowan Williams
Linda Mills Woolsey

Hopkins, Thomas, and Williams share not only a poetic vocation, but a priestly one. And the art of all three expresses the dogged persistence of faith in a secularized, industrialized, and fallen world. Their wrestlings are what Catherine of Siena called God's "lover's game" of hide-and-seek with the soul.

The Mars Hill Interview

Giving Shape to Turmoil
A Conversation with Chaim Potok
Michael J. Cusick

The notion of violent culture clashes-"confrontations of core elements," he calls them-has dominated the work of best-selling novelist, ordained rabbi, and world-class painter Chaim Potok. And not surprisingly: From his first eye-opening encounter with literature as a teenager, to his influential military experience in Asia, to his wrestling with the scriptures, the forces of life in twentieth-century America have shaped Potok's faith, perspective, and art. Michael Cusick visits with the acclaimed writer and artist at his home in Philadelphia.

Reminders of God

The Writing Life


Leif Peterson


"The Admiral Comes Home: The Joys and Trials of a Three-Dollar Phonograph"
James Vescovi


"In Response to an Ugly Woman"
Julie Kluth


Mary M. Brown

"For a Cup to Catch the Drops"
Tim Pompey

"My Sunday School Teacher Knows Too Much"
Daniel Gallick

"Babel II"
Bryan D. Dietrich

"The Cenacle"
Marlene Muller

"Mustang Sally Forth"
Judith Terry McCune

"Getting Saved"
Peggy Whitehead

Views and Reviews


Interview: Pierce Pettis
Stuart C. Hancock

Essay: A Reflection on Pink Floyd's The Wall
Kirk Webb

Jackson Browne, Looking East
Devlin Donaldson

Bruce Cockburn, Charity of Night
Stuart C. Hancock

Music Also Reviewed
Devlin Donaldson, Stuart C. Hancock


Interview: Kathleen Norris
Scott Sawyer

Paula, Isabel Allende
Emily Green

The Celestine Prophecy-A Reflection
Chris Layne

Books Also Reviewed
Dudley J. Delffs


Stuart C. Hancock

Breaking the Waves
Sharon Hersh

Films Also Reviewed
Laura Wackman

Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas.

Mars Hill Contributors