Music can cry out for the Kingdom of God. Alternately, music can shape us to be good consumers. Most music contains hints of both. On evidence of prophetic vision (or lack thereof) in music today.
Have you ever gotten to the end of a good novel and felt a sense of grief at having to say goodbye to the world and the characters contained between the covers? Is there one book you wish everyone you know could read and love as much as you do? On the good books that become part of our own stories.
Ash Wednesday ushers in a liturgical season of self-examination and reflection—a fitting time to engage in such activities, as well as remember past times of seeking identity and wholeness. As we look inward, we might also look outward: what is the state of “health care” in our society?
Don’t fall in love in a time of war. Don’t fall in love with someone of the same gender or a different race or another generation. Don’t love your kids too much. We internalize so many messages about love—romantic, platonic or otherwise—and yet it breaks through in astonishing ways, whether we invite it in or not.
Many of our best storytellers take cues from the biblical narrative, from feuding brothers to subverting the current empire. Where do themes of empire vs. the Kingdom of God pop up today? What is the nature of the empire we are living in?
At some point in everyone’s life, space needs to be rearranged. Spouses, children, housemates, siblings and aging parents all require us to rethink our rooms, both literally and figuratively. How can we navigate such transitions well? What happens when we don’t?
A conglomeration of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.