Redeemed Imagination: Bringing Art Back into Church

What does it mean to create art for church worship? In this panel discussion from the Imagination Redeemed 2019 conference, I join Hans Boersma, John Skillen, and Brian Brown to discuss sacred art: what it is, how we lost it, and how we can bring beauty back into our sanctuaries.

Listen to the audio here.

Abandonment, Hope, and Glory: Reflections on Psalm 22

This is a mini-exhibition I did for the Visual Commentary on Scripture. In it, I reflect on Psalm 22 in relation to the crucifixion of Christ through three magnificent works of art. Check out the exhibit here.

Why Does Beauty Arouse Joy Even Among Suffering?

I wrote this short piece for the Church Life Journal. It gathers up some stray thoughts I had after I finished the manuscript for The Father of Lights. You can read it here.

Stay tuned…

The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty

This book answers the question: “What is a theological account of the experience of the beautiful?” In the course of keying this experience to a memory of God that we have coded into our hearts, the discussion ranges over analogy, language, metaphor, semiotics, sacraments, and icons. What emerges is a theology of the image of God that elevates the irreplaceable uniqueness of each creature while indexing our deepest longings to the God who is our source and goal.

Click here to read more. Releases September 29, 2020. Available for pre-order on Amazon.

“Unlocking Bonaventure: The Collationes in Hexaëmeron as Interpretive Key.” The Thomist 83:2 (2019).

This is a review essay of Jay Hammond’s translation of Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron. I explain the importance of this text within the Bonaventurean corpus before assessing Hammond’s accomplishment with the translation.

The full text is available here.

“The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Proposal”

This article expands upon elements of Bonaventure’s Christology to develop an account of the Eucharist inspired by Bonaventure’s understanding of the person of Christ. Originally a conference paper, it will appear later this year in a volume of proceedings of that conference.

This article appears in Friar, Teacher, Minister, Bishop, Essays in Celebration of the 800th Centennial of the Seraphic Doctor. Timothy Johnson and Katherine Shelby, eds. 405-16. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2020.

American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO, Nov. 15-20, 2018

Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, Oct. 5-7, 2018

Sounds of the Season Available for Purchase!

Brass‘ CD, Sounds of the Season, is available for purchase in CD and digital formats. Order your copy today!

In addition to performing, I arranged several of the songs on the CD. It represents Brass‘ most mature work, and gathers together the personality of the group and our distinctive musical vision.