Beauty in the Darkness

I recently wrote a piece for Credo magazine entitled “Beauty in the Darkness: A Surprising Encounter with God’s Omnipresence.” You can read it here.

(Don’t) Take and Eat: The Eucharist and Spiritual Reception

I wrote this article for the Living Church in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, when churches around the world were closed due to government orders for citizens to remain at home. In it I reflect on the practice of spiritual communion: to receive the Eucharist even when one is not able to receive the elements.

Read the whole article here.

Wonder: A Quotidian Necessity (Beimfohr-Neuss Lecture at Cornell)

I was invited by the Chesterton House to give their annual Beimfohr-Neuss lecture in 2019. I spoke of the role of wonder in a life worth living.

The video is available here.

Forma Podcast: How to Watch a Summer Blockbuster

Another conversation on movies, with a wider scope. Listen to my conversation with Forma’s Heidi White here.

Believe to See Episode 53: After the Endgame

Recorded shortly after the release of Avengers: Endgame, this conversation reflects on the role of movies in moral formation.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

Imagination Redeemed: Creating in the Ruins

My plenary talk for the 2019 Imagination Redeemed conference explored the relationship of sacred art and the fallen world. You can listen to the entire talk here.

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.