Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel (again)

[I am re-posting this because it is one of my favorite pieces of writing on the blog… and because it is Halloween, once again] This is the day that Evil gets festive press.  Halloween caricatures Evil, dressing it up rather innocuously in ghostly face paint, plastic masks, fake fangs.  This is the day when it…

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Two Books by Two Friends

Confessing to someone that you are daydreaming about writing a book is a vulnerable thing. People might think you are silly or presumptuous. And then when you actually do write a book, you feel quite awkward telling your friends about it (well, maybe not all authors feel this way). I have just finished reading two…

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The Gospel of Quinn: A Short Film

My friend Matt Godfrey (see our HR interview here) has just written, directed, and co-produced a short film called The Gospel of Quinn. It will blow your mind. Miranda and I have watched it three times this week (it is less than 10 minutes in length) and we keep finding more and more that intrigue…

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The Christ-Haunted North

“The Christ-Haunted South” is a phrase attributed to Flannery O’Connor. She was referring to the lingering resonances of Christian religious life that has infused the culture of the American South. I now live in a Christ-haunted “North.” I am referring to northern England. For long centuries Christian religious life infused the Pennines, the Lakes, and…

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