1. The wonderment of grace
What’s so special about Marilynne Robinson? William Boyce takes a crack at an explanation in Fare Forward:
Most of all, Robinson seems to be clearing a space for mystery in our (post)modern world. Although it is lost to many in this age of tweet and taint, Robinson appears enraptured by the precariousness of a sacramental vision. Indeed, a prophetic gift lingers prayerfully at the center of her works. Nothing in our present age of whirl and woe escapes her redemptive gaze. She imprints a symbol of anointing on every issue she addresses. By shining a glorious light of praise on the cosmos, the mind, and the faith, she hallows the gift of sanctified wonderment. Like a humble votive, Robinson reveals how a wonderment of grace in a world so loved by God can arise from faithfulness, reverence, and assurance without ever calcifying as obduration, intransigence, or certitude.
2. A conversation on repairing the world
Stan LeQuire, a former professor of mine at Eastern, and Jay Renfro, a member of Nashville A Rocha, are reading Paul Farmer’s new book, To Repair the World, and are having an ongoing conversation about it on the A Rocha USA blog. So far they’ve shared their thoughts on chapter 1, and I’m looking forward to following along as they work their way through the book.
3. The earth as sacrament
Doug Sikkema writes on the Cardus blog:
In the Christian community in which I grew up, the common approach to the environmental movement was to see everyone involved in it as a left-wing, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, nature-worshipping, hippie wannabe. While I’m sure some of these modifiers have been warranted at times, such disingenuous and uncharitable cynicism failed—and fails—to entertain how Christianity might speak to such an important issue as to how we are to best work within a natural world of which we are a part. Yet it would be years that I was first introduced to a writer who undertook the task of clearly articulating how a love of the creation could inform and be informed by a love of the creation and its Creator. This Kentucky farmer and man of letters, Wendell Berry, made real for me the complex interplay of religion, literature, and agriculture in informing a holistic way of life—in other words, towards shalom.
4. Agrarian poet and prophet
Speaking of Wendell Berry, he recently did a rare TV interview with Bill Moyers.
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