By Hillary Asbury - My favorite thing about studying in Italy was getting the chance to travel and see religious art and architecture around the country. The history was so rich, and I absolutely relished being surrounded by it. Everywhere I traveled there was a main cathedral, usually at the city center, always referred to … Continue reading Art is a Language we all Speak
By Joel A. Hess - The American dollar is the ugliest of all currencies. As a kid I was always infatuated with the different paper monies I would come across on my travels and would wonder why ours is so blah. Then I learned how paper money works. It’s just paper! In and of itself, … Continue reading God’s Ugly, Ordinary Church
By Bob Hiller - We’ve all been there: You’re having a conversation about the faith with a person who is struggling to believe, or doesn’t at all. In the course of the conversation, they bring up an argument you don’t have an answer for. In fact, the point is way over your head, and you … Continue reading Apologetics as Love of Neighbor
By Bob Hiller - In the unfortunately titled but always intriguing Revisionist History podcast, Malcolm Gladwell offers a theory about why country music can do sad songs and rock and roll can’t. He says it is because country music is specific. In the episode, “The King of Tears, he compares “Wild Horses” by the Rolling … Continue reading Sad Songs and Specific Sermons
By Jeff Pulse - Our text for Holy Trinity Sunday is from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, chapter 6:1-8. The reason this text is chosen for Holy Trinity is the rare triad in verse 3: “Holy, holy, holy.” The Early Church considered this to be a Trinitarian formula (and I would agree). However, during … Continue reading OT Encounters: Isaiah 6:1-8 – Triune Forgiveness
By Paul Koch - As a child, we had one of those rooms in our house in which nobody ever sat. Not that you couldn’t sit there: there was a large sofa, some complimentary small tables and lamps, and of course the well-appointed window dressings. It looked like a delightful living room, or family room, … Continue reading Can These Bones Live?
By Hillary Asbury - Michelangelo Buonnarotti’s “Holy Family” is also referred to as the “Doni Tondo” in reference to its round shape (“tondo”) and the family that commissioned it (the Doni family). It is perhaps one of my very favorite oil paintings in history. It resides at the Uffizzi in Florence, Italy, and the first … Continue reading Pointing to Jesus with Michelangelo