Category: Beauty/Aesthetics

Noah: A Theological-Aesthetic Rorschach Test

Last week saw the premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and with it a (predictable) storm of controversy from the evangelical community. Reviews have ranged from predictably critical to outright disdain to hostile readings, and from strongly (though not unreservedly) positive...

/ April 8, 2014

Things I’ve Learned From C.S. Lewis

The world didn’t take much notice of C.S. Lewis on November 22, 1963, the day he died. It was too frenzied by the shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred in Dallas about an hour after Lewis died in...

/ November 22, 2013

Beauty and Power in Church Architecture

Last month, I began to build the case that Evangelicals possess an aesthetic that is reasoned, deliberative, and theologically informed. Contra the critics who charge that beauty is neglected in Evangelical circles, I find the comeliness in multipurpose worship centers...

/ September 19, 2012

Evangelical Tracts and Real Art: Gungor and Creation’s Goodness

You know music has power when it has you shivering while running in hundred-degree heat. Güngör’s Ghosts Upon the Earth is like that, though. From the opening track, the album screams its willingness to be and do something terribly different...

/ July 18, 2012

Truth, Beauty, and Rob Bell

My friend Trevin Wax says wise things in response to Francis Chan’s book on hell: What is needed is a response that takes into consideration the beauty of Truth. We’ve got the truth portion down when it comes to propositions....

/ August 4, 2011

Your Friday Moment of Zen

Brought to you, naturally enough, by people in the forest with lots of small pieces of wood and video cameras: Never did Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring sound quite so natural.  Too bad it’s an advertisement.

/ April 8, 2011

The Gospel According to Trees: Thoughts from Muir (there will probably be a lot of these)

When I read That Hideous Strength for the first time, I was impressed by Lewis’ deep appreciation of the ancient forests and trees. In the novel, the forests serve as a counterpoint to the ugly, progressive for the sake of progressive,...

/ October 7, 2010

An Hour Full of Awesome

Rumors that Jake Meador makes a guest appearance turn out to be false, but at least he sent it over to me. I suspect its things like this that really change the world. Enjoy.

/ September 22, 2010

The Dying Christian to His Soul

Vital spark of heav’nly flame! Quit, O quit this mortal frame: Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying, O the pain, the bliss of dying! Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life. Hark! they whisper; angels say, Sister...

/ July 14, 2010

Nothing Behind the Curtain – Reflections on a Wedding

Cross-posted at Notes from a Small Place, where I’ve had several posts related to marriage lately, hence the disclaimer below. Disclaimer: I kinda-sorta want to apologize to people who find so many marriage posts annoying or are bothered by sentimentality....

/ July 6, 2010