Word Pictures

I ordered Brian Godawa’s book, Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination, on my Kindle last year while overseas. It’s good for a number of reasons, including who the author is. Godawa is a screenwriter, designer, author, and a Christian. He wrote the screenplay for a feature film called…

Giving Your Life for Beauty

Makoto Fujimura gave the commencement address at my alma mater, Messiah College, this year. Here began with the following story: A girl in northern Iraq ran toward a bunker with her father. A Japanese photographer was capturing this unfolding drama on the front lines of the war, and he followed…

St. Augustine

My small group has been going through the Confessions of St. Augustine the last few months. We continued tonight. I really appreciate Augustine’s honesty, both about his questions in life and about his failures, all the more coming from a bishop. While there are differences in culture and time, it’s…

Poorly Written Novels and Grace

Poorly written novels—no matter how pious and edifying the behavior of the characters—are not good in themselves and are therefore not really edifying. Now a statement like this creates problems. An individual may be highly edified by a sorry novel because he doesn’t know any better. We have plenty of…