len on November 15th, 2016

“The Jacobsians sought fresh methods of making cities work — from the grassroots and the bottom up. The subaltern was exalted, the master laid low. Drafting tables were tossed for pickets and surveys and spreadsheets. Planners sought new alliances in academe, beyond architecture and design — in political science, law, economics, sociology. But there were […]

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len on November 8th, 2016

There are two healings: nature’s, and ours and nature’s. Nature’s will come in spite of us, after us, over the graves of its wasters, as it comes to the forsake fields. The healing that is ours and nature’s will come if we are willing, if we are patient, if we know the way, if we […]

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len on April 3rd, 2015

VI Image of God, we say, and image of the world: Eve, sorrowing, and blest-for-all-of-mankind, Mary (Ruth-like in the fields, hopeful in the reaped wheat To glean the grace of her promised pain), And Jesus, like a mother at the town’s dark side Stretched with pain of making, and of making Man, Who taught us […]

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len on January 12th, 2015

“It’s all going to burn one day.” And of course, if heaven is our final destination, then we might have justification for not caring for the creation. Environmental stewardship might then indeed be a waste of time and energy. Although — the cost of ecological disaster is an ongoing and daily legacy, where people are […]

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len on December 23rd, 2014

I requested a review copy of the collection of essays edited by James McGrath from Wipf & Stock, and it arrived a few days ago. The chapter breakdown follows: 1 The Dark Dreamlife of Postmodern Theology (Janca-Aji) 2 Sorcerers and Supermen: Old Mythologies in New Guises (Robertson) 3 Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as […]

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len on December 7th, 2014

I do not know if you feel the throbbing of the land in your chest … you may not feel the spiritual anguish as I see the earth ravaged… but you can no longer escape my fate as the soil turns barren and the rivers poison. (Grand Chief John Kelly, 1977) The Comeback, 2014, 220 […]

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len on October 11th, 2014

A few years ago I discovered Ronald Wright. Funny how easy it is to be optimistic while going about daily life in our privileged culture.. and how easy it is to be pessimistic after watching the evening news or reading the Globe and Mail or Time Magazine. In essence, if we look hard at the […]

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len on September 16th, 2014

Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Philip Seymour Hoffman – who would have noticed that we also lost Robert Farrar Capon recently? I have deeply profited from his gift with language and with theology, and it was a sad day for me when he passed on. I was thinking about Father Capon as I thought about […]

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len on August 13th, 2014

The recovery of place has significance for more than the arts; it has rich missional significance. In fact, the recovery of missio Dei is directly related to a recovery of place. Without this way of seeing, the Incarnation becomes a doctrine that we embrace with our minds while refusing to know it in practice. Charles […]

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len on August 11th, 2013

Jonathan Hiskes shares some hope from Carbon Zero — the church has much to learn from the green movement, especially in terms of urban renewal. He writes, “In focusing on cities, Steffen finds hope in an unexpected place. While most climate activism has focused on national and international negotiations, and while the American environmental movement […]

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