Category Archives: Art-Music-Lit

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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First thoughts on Inside Out

We saw Inside Out last night and loved it (as with everything from Pixar, including the adorable Lava short). Inside Out provides a fresh vocabulary of concrete images for explaining who we are and how we feel.* Here are some … Continue reading

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Song of Falling Leaves

by Susanna Joy Magruder Listen to the song of falling leaves. Observe with a hastening breath. for Before the hour of their demise Their faces shine with a burning sun; Many jewels across the tumbling wind. From a sulfur glazed … Continue reading

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Desolation

“I see fire” lyrics Ed Sheeran wrote and performed this song on the very day he first saw the second installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Read the story on Jackson’s Facebook page, where Jackson explains: “This is his direct … Continue reading

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Arwen’s vigil

Susanna now has her own YouTube channel! Her first movie is “Arwen’s vigil,” a Lord of the Rings fan video. Watch it and see if you agree with me that it offers a very moving account of Arwen’s story: The … Continue reading

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