Friday, December 20, 2013

The Sexiest Conservative Christian College Out There

Have you caught a whiff of the Christian hipster mojo that is blowing out of New York City lately? With the arrival of dapper dan Dr. Gregory Thornbury, King's College has done a 180-degree turn from its dark and controversial days under the political all-star Dinesh D'Souza. 

President Thornbury is a Twitter using, bow-tie wearing, rock music loving academic, ruling over a seriously committed Christian geekdom. Check out his "Top 10 Albums of 2013" to get a flavor for this super cool cat- and to delve into some seriously good music. 

Thornbury is not a bland peacemaker, but a warrior in disguise- the best kind of cultural warrior there could possible be. With winsomeness and aplomb, Thornbury has brought the medicine in a big way to what has suddenly become the sexiest conservative Christian college out there. "Cosmic high fives" indeed!

Here's a taste of Thornbury's flavor:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Poem Published to Versify Blog

I have not shared any poetry on this blog for some time, though I have continued to write sporadically. In addition, editing of my first collection of poetry continues slowly. Stay tuned for a pitch on pre-ordering your own copy of this self-published book!

In the meantime, a poem of mine titled The Summer Without the Fence, was selected as a "Poem of the Month" by the staff at The York Daily Record and has been published to their blog Versify. Find the blog and my poem here. The poem and the brief interview will be published in the print edition of The York Daily Record in the next couple of weeks.

Another poem:

Why buy a Christmas tree
when we have trees to please for free
(wild and untamed though they are)
Growing here among the grazing cows?

And another:

The love in the law
Is a driving wedge
Knowing the heights
Knowing the depths

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Abstract to Realistic

You may have seen this viral video circulating which depicts Kyle Lambert drawing super-realistic "photographs" using a finger painting app on his ipad. Besides a great promo for Apple products and ProCreate, the video is yet another illustration of the amazing things humans can do with practice, patience, and the right tools. We live in a world now which relentlessly bombards us with amazing stuff other people have done and we haven't. It's hard to feel significant anymore! But I what I was most interested in, while watching this video, is how any number of stages in the creation of the artwork are equally arresting, skillful, and art-worthy. The video really tracks the subtle but significant changes between the abstract and real life. I can't say which I prefer. How about you?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Observing Advent

You may be looking for a way to observe Advent this year. "The Advent Project" at Biola University is a great resource to do just that. What I love most about this online advent calendar is the addition of artwork and music along with the scripture reading and devotional.