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Art in isolation

Art | Could this be the time for a creative renaissance?
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 4/14/20, 06:05 pm

When actress Gwyneth Paltrow last month suggested to her Instagram followers that they use the coronavirus-imposed social isolation to “write a book, learn an instrument or a language or learn to code online, draw or paint,” some responded with eye-rolling.

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On the bench but in Christ

Books | How God uses setbacks in our lives to shape and mature us
by Paul E. Miller
Posted 4/11/20, 11:06 am

Here’s an excerpt, courtesy of Crossway, from Paul Miller’s J-Curve: Dying and Rising With Christ in Everyday Life, our 2019 Book of the Year in the Accessible Theology category. The shape of the letter J illustrates a simple yet elegant concept: Christians need to go down to come up. Not just once, but again and again. The everyday Christian life is dying to convenience, worldly success, and approval, only to be resurrected into repentance, humility, and hope. Good Friday leads to Easter Sunday.

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Thinkers who forgot God

Books | Their ideas built sad foundations
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/09/20, 04:17 pm

“Men have forgotten God: that’s why all this has happened.” Elderly Russians in the last century, asked why so much had gone so wrong in their country, gave that summary. Alexander Solzhenitsyn called it the most “precise and pithy” explanation. 

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