Sand in the Gears

Hammering art

Friday, February 10th, 2017 Posted in The Artful Life | No Comments »

They say all great men have a morning routine, so I figured I ought to rush right out and get me one of those. I'll belabor the elements of that routine while subtly flattering myself for it some other time; ...

It doesn’t come with a parking spot, but it’s still pretty darn nice

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in The Artful Life | 3 Comments »

The good people at Image Journal have named me their artist of the month. I like being reminded that writers are artists, and I'm honored to be included among the many fine artists—of all stripes—who have been similarly recognized by ...

Everybody dance now

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 Posted in The Artful Life | Comments Off on Everybody dance now

Some of you may like my latest essay, "Art as a Common Gift." Here's an excerpt: Imagine that. Millions of people, many of them knowing not the first words of orthodox praise, harboring scant knowledge of theology, yet all of them ...

Elect art

Friday, December 7th, 2012 Posted in The Artful Life | Comments Off on Elect art

My latest short story is in the current edition of Image, for those of you with a literary bent. And for those of you bent theologically, in this case, because in my story John Calvin attends a writing workshop so ...

Art and criticism vs. the world

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 Posted in The Artful Life | 1 Comment »

"Like legitimate art, legitimate criticism is a tragicomic holding action against entropy."  (John Gardner, On Moral Fiction, p. 6)

Renaissance Radical

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | Comments Off on Renaissance Radical

Something that has always bothered me about the theological enterprise is an undercurrent of arrogance, the notion that we possess so clear a discernment that we can build mental boxes to contain the wild God of the ages. I once ...