Our Hearts in Ink

Back in September, I was thrilled to have a piece published in Ekstasis magazine. Ekstasis is a publication that's doing some of the more interesting and excellent work that I've come across at the intersection of Christian faith and the arts. Most notably perhaps, they practice what they preach, and have created a beautiful space…

A Note for the “Pandemic Diaries”

Rod Dreher has been publishing letters from readers of his blog in a series called "Pandemic Diaries." It's an effort to document this historic moment, and the individual threads that make up the entire fabric of our collective experience. I've found many of them interesting and moving, and so yesterday I sent him a letter…

Landmarks of Love

Amidst the uncertainty of recent days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, a deeper sense of disorientation has emerged as well. None of us have experienced something of this nature and scale, yet it has unmistakably felt different than we might have anticipated. The normalcy of our work, habits, diets, institutions and economy have…

The Mountain and the Church

As a young boy, I recall watching a documentary on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It told the tale of the regional devastation from the ash that buried everything nearby, including the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Interestingly, the film relayed the story through the lens of the modern city of Pompei, following various…

Forefront 360: Arts Review

As usual, the most recent Forefront arts review covers a broad spectrum of topics: -I discuss Leo Tolstoy's Confessions, an incredibly profound spiritual memoir, and one with particular relevance to the philosophical underpinnings of Forefront's mission. -Zack reviews the album Lent from Liturgical Folk. -Nate reflects on the recent documentary American Gospel: Christ Alone. -Rich…

Forefront: A Legacy of Long Art

In my latest contribution to the Forefront blog, I reflect on our need to adopt habits of "long art." Doing so can reconnect us to a theologically informed stewardship of our world and its beauty, ultimately pointing us toward eternal things: "To participate in the creation of long art, to spend time in its presence—this is…