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Scholar’s Compass: QU4RTETS: A Collaboration

My own recent project, QU4RTETS, comes out of the conviction that a robust “cross-pollination” is possible between visual, literary, and musical forms––and it has developed over the past three years into a collaborative touring exhibition and concert performance with painter Makoto Fujimura and composer Christopher Theofanidis. Read more…

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Scholar’s Compass: Sir Gawain Seeks Christmas

One of my favourite Medieval, Middle-English poems (if you don’t have one you really should), is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It begins at a Christmas feast in King Arthur’s court. All are feasting and laughing when suddenly a giant of a man comes riding into the hall where the courtiers are feasting.Read more…

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Advent: Expecting Our Hope to Be Fulfilled (Scholar’s Compass)

In the Northern Hemisphere, Advent coincides with shortening days and falling temperatures, the dormant season for most plants and animals. In the Christian calendar, Advent prepares us for the celebration of Christmas. This season of expectation and longing overlays Israel’s long wait for the Messiah with our own long wait for the Messiah’s return.Read more…

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Advent Awakening: How The Story of the Wise Men Can Transform Our Worship Once Again (Scholar’s Compass)

As I sank down in my chair, I felt deeply frustrated. Another ‘through the bible in a year’ reading finished. My smartphone app congratulated me with a ‘great job,’ but it felt hollow and empty. I had read the words, but they weren’t transforming me.Read more…

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Theotokos – Mary as the Mother of God. An Advent Devotional

This Advent season, I have been thinking about two topics which might help stir up some thinking about the incarnation which are buried deep in the history of theology and do not get much thought. The first comes from the fifth century – the controversy centered on Mary as the theotokos – the mother of God. Read more…

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Book Review: Birmingham Revolution

Solitary confinement in prison can be a shattering psychological experience, one often used to break the spirit of those imprisoned. For Martin Luther King, Jr., solitary confinement served not only to further forge the character of this civil rights leader, but resulted in one of the signature documents of the civil rights movement . . .Read more…