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No. 8


E s s a y s

Less-Wild Lovers
Standing at the Crossroads of Desire
Brent Curtis

Each of us has points of contact where the transcendence of the Great Romance has seared our hearts, in the fragrance of lovers, geographics, and times. Yet most of us try to forget the haunting memories of these things, because their memory can seem to cripple us, leaving us unable to deal with the everyday things life requires of us. Tragically, our burial of magical longing can leave us in the pit of resignation. But what does God ask us to do with our passion? The author challenges us with our optios at the crossroads of desire.

Joy and Sehnsucht
The Laughter and Longings of C.S. Lewis
Terry Lindvall

The idea of an orthodox Christian laughing heartily and giving others reason to laugh comes to too many of us as a surprise. Yet the portrait of C.S. Lewis--the large, ruddy, laughing professor and author--is hardly that of a dour churchman. Indeed, Lewis has been catalogued, footnoted, and celebrated in a variety of kingdoms: literary, theological, mythopoeic, ethical, and apologetic. Yet too often overlooked is one other low but bright disguise in the wardrobe of the likable genius--that of court jester. Terry Lindvall examines how laughter and longing permeated all that the Oxford don thought and wrote.


Forgetting to Remember
How We Run from Our Stories
Dan Allender and Don Hudson

For some, memory is a warm glow of nostalgia that soothes the heart. For others, it is a dark, cold room full of plaintive horror--a space never to be entered. Whatever the case, as the aphorism goes, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. In this two-part essay, the authors explore--first through fiction, then through nonfiction discourse--how we use and misuse the gift of memory, and how it is meant to serve us best in our service.

The Mars Hill Interview

Calling, Postmodernism, and Chastened Liberals
A Conversation with Os Guinness
Kirk and Heather Webb

Apologist and cultural analyst Os Guinness is a modern-day renaissance man‹author of eleven books, creative force behind the Trinity Forum (³a sort of Christian Aspen Institute²), and interpreter of the intellectual signs of the times. So, why is he talking about spiritual gifts? In this issue¹s Mars Hill Interview, Kirk and Heather Webb tap the mind of the formidable thinker for his views on direction, purpose, and fulfillment‹all wrapped up in the simple word calling.

Reminders of God

The Writing Life

Like Smoke
Will Laughlin

The Fighting Chair
Chris Layne


Earthly Fathers
Scott Sawyer


"After the Madness of Saigon"
Walt McDonald

"Mount Angel Abbey, August"
Marlene Muller

Jean Janzen

"Fighting Revival"
Clifford Paul Fetters

"In Lieu of Logos"
Scott Cairns

Judith Terry McCune

"Mother With Child"
Peggy Whiteneck

Views and Reviews

Interview: Ashley Cleveland
Shirley Simmons and Nita Andrews

Review: U2, Pop
Stuart C. Hancock

Review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,
Shipwreck at the Stable Door
Eric Von Fullgraf

Review: Sam Phillips, Omnipop
Stuart C. Hancock

Music Also Reviewed
Stuart C. Hancock


Review: Scott Cairns, Figures for the Ghost: Poems
Bryan D. Dietrich

Review: Irvin D. Yalom, Lying on the Couch
Bruce Ramsay

Review: Brian Moore, The Statement
Bruce Ramsay

Books Also Reviewed
Dudley J. Delffs
Judith Terry McCune


Essay: The Discreet Charm of the Profane Genius:
The Films The People vs. Larry Flynt and I Shot Andy Warhol
Caroline Langston

Review: Cry the Beloved Country
Luke Schelhaas

Review: The Portrait of a Lady
Sharon Hersh

Films Also Reviewed
Laura Wackman

Timeless graffiti from the broad canvas.

Mars Hill Contributors