Category Archives: Art-Music-Lit

The nature of the Christian University

March 8. Reception at 6:45; lecture begins at 7:00 pm. John Brown University, Simmons Great Hall. This Thursday I have the privilege of presenting at JBU, invited by my friend Ken Hahn, as part of their biannual lecture series “Christian … Continue reading

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Historic Star Atlas Stories

On Thursday this week, it was a delight and an honor, with Brent Purkaple, to kick off the OU Department of Astronomy’s year-long series of monthly lectures, “Postcards from the Universe.” Brent and I delivered a presentation on constellations and … Continue reading

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Middle Earth astronomy: A primer

These three resources will introduce you to the constellations and starlore of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth: Middle Earth astronomy, by Rachel Folmar (Commentary on the poem “Lindë Elenion) Lindë Elenion, by Rachel Folmar (based on Tolkien’s starlore) Under the Starry Skies … Continue reading

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White chickens

so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. I have loved this poem by William Carlos Williams since I first encountered it, long, long ago, in my teenage years. (Thank you to … Continue reading

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Starstruck Tonight (Spring and Summer)

What follows is the text of Starstruck Tonight, the Spring and Summer sky version, the sequel to my first and favorite planetarium show produced when I directed the OBU Planetarium. This summer I’ll make a renewed effort to recover takes … Continue reading

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Starstruck Tonight (Winter version)

What follows is the text of Starstruck Tonight, the Winter sky version, my first and favorite planetarium show produced when I directed the OBU Planetarium. The only document I have is a draft in a very old version of MacWrite … Continue reading

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Ode to Joy

Between Easter, Pentecost and Ascension Day fall roughly 50 days in the church calendar to meditate on how the resurrection of Christ changes everything in heaven and earth. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, brought to ordinary people street-side, exemplifies that to … Continue reading

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A Desert Parable, The Tree of Life, and The Shack

A Desert Parable Last night, Mike Rasmussen told us a parable: A man is standing in the wide-open desert, with sunlight pouring down all around him. Yet his eyes are shut firmly, closed tightly against the light, and he believes … Continue reading

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Masaccio’s Trinity, Psalm 22 and The Shack

We’re planning to see the movie version of The Shack this weekend. Ted Johnston offers helpful comments on his blog, The Surprising God. Meanwhile, I’ve written about Paul Young and The Shack in a number of posts here: Is God … Continue reading

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Solitude

Experiment: What if Barth’s Evangelical Theology was not written only for theologians? Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology(Eerdmans, 1963), ch. 10, “Solitude.” —– Case 1. “As a rule, the Christian artist will have to put up with pursuing his subject in a … Continue reading

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