Author: Nathan L.K. Bierma, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
“The View from Inside an Ambulance,” originally published in Esquire, is a powerful essay by paramedic Chris Jones on his experiences dealing with death on a daily basis. His work both confronts him with, and numbs him to, human fragility. His closing story about reviving a man presumed dead, in front of the man’s son, has a hint of resurrection in it.
The article reminded me that our line of work—the way we use our God-given gifts—shapes our view of human nature
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on Sep 18, 2009
In Glittering Vices, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung carefully parses the meanings and attractions of the seven deadly sins. Historically and biblically informed, her explorations lead readers to meditate on personal participation in these sins. She doesn’t forget to provide a way out of these meditations. If the first part of each chapter describing one of the sins—envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony and lust—is a mirror, then the end of each chapter is a window on the other side of which is Christ, armed with the power to transform even the deadliest of vices into virtues.
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Jane Zwart, professor of English at Calvin College, reviews Toni Morrison’s new novel, A Mercy, for Books and Culture magazine. "Indeed, A Mercy is a novel, to borrow from one its characters, about 'piecing together scraps' as 'a way to be in the world,' she writes. The review is part of Books and Culture's celebration of Black History Month.
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