October 13 marks the Birthday of Lauren Winner, noted author, and seminary professor at Duke Divinity School.
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce her work…
“Images from children’s books — a great green room and a red balloon, the white witch’s Turkish Delight, a lean and wicked cat in a red top hat — act as madeleines (or portkeys, or time turners, or rabbit holes, or wardrobes) calling up sleepiness, childhood rooms, grilled cheeses, long parental legs coming in and out of rooms, and that particular, pleasant ache of nostalgia. [Bruce Handy] … puts extraordinary care into replicating and preserving those feelings.” – NPR
(In alphabetical order by author’s last name)
Compiled by Madeline Cramer
“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
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(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
Compiled by Marina Konow
Though the celebrated C.S. Lewis, didn’t necessarily have a long life, he managed to accomplish a great deal with the time he was given. In his 65 years on earth, Lewis went from being raised Christian to later becoming atheist; only to be brought back to the Christian faith later. His famous friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, played a key role in his return to the faith.
Lewis created a world near and dear to many hearts through his well- known Narnian stories, which continue to influence our culture, over 60 years after the last book was published, For instance, three of the seven books have recentlybeen turned into major motion picture productions. Since 1950, (the year The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was published) The Chronicles of Narnia series has sold over 100 million copies and has been published in 47 different languages.
Lewis continues to inspire all Christians through his essays and novels. Besides the Narnia series, his novels Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce are but a few of his insightful works.
With all the wonderful stories and perspectives Lewis gave us, many authors have tackled the challenge of writing about him and his work. Through these books, one is able to gain more perspective of Lewis’s character and backstory; as well as an understanding of his faith journey.
Listed below are some of the works that help us better understand C.S. Lewis. We’ve included excerpts from the books where available via Google Books.
In honor of the occasion, here are five essential books for understanding the artist, his faith and his work…
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These books are all excellent, so we aren’t going to try to rank them…
Instead they are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name.
Donald Trump won the presidential election, surprising many people in the U.S. and around the globe. His nomination of Steve Bannon and other prominent bigots to his staff does not bode well.
How should we respond as the church?
On one hand, our calling to be communities striving to be faithful to the faith of Jesus remains the same as it was prior to the election.
On the other hand, Donald Trump’s platform and allegiances seem to cast a specter of violence on those who are not white males. How do we respond faithfully to these threats of violence against our neighbors?
A number of prominent media outlets have published reading lists for understanding and navigating the Trump age, including:
While there are many important and insightful books on these lists, we wanted to offer a similar list of theologically-informed resources that will serve to guide our churches in this new and unsettling age.
To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant books.
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
Jesus and The Disinherited is Thurman’s best known work, and is an important theological work that builds upon the love of Jesus for the marginalized.
“[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”
—Vincent Harding, from the Foreword