Branson Parler

Overcoming Lamech: Lament as Antidote to Violence

In response to evil Christ-centered lament is a performative action that both acknowledges the evil and injustice present in the world and simultaneously defuses our vengeful feelings by focusing on the sacrifice of Christ.

Myles Werntz

Rethinking Visibility: Church, Repentance, and 9/11

Christians are called to be present with our neighbors in times of violence, but such presence requires more than a nod to solidarity or a word of encouragement here or there—being present requires repenting of our past failures of witness and allowing that repentance to shape us.

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

A Shock of Sky

A poem by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz that describes a non-eyewitness response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Roy Barsness

Pride, Ego Injury, and the Gift of Grace

He was a humble man, proud of his craft. A pioneer immigrant, he had very little. But he had a skill. He was a carpenter. He built the pine boxes for the mothers, fathers, and children who didn’t always make it on the new frontier. The most difficult, I am sure, was the box for […]

Aaron Ducat

Jonathan Safran Foer Gets Loud and Close

Review. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. By Jonathan Safran Foer. Mariner Books, 2005. 368 pp. Extremely loud was the sound of the reception given to Jonathan Safran Foer when he illuminated everything in 2002. And it wasn’t just arcane literati crying out from the pages of obscure journals: 250,000 plus copies of Foer’s first novel were […]