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Animal Mask and Friendship

My post on Tuesday about friendship had several muses. One of them was this song, “Animal Mask,” from the new Mountain Goats album, Beat the Champ. In concerts John Darnielle has said that it’s about a battle royal–and about the labor and delivery room. Maybe that explains it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a […]

Adjustment Bureau

Does God’s sovereignty mean that God is in charge of every bit of minutia that transpires in the world–including the choices we make? Does God’s sovereignty mean that God determines certain outcomes that will definitely take place but other things are left up to us? If God has a “plan” for me, can I mess […]

Conversion of the Imagination

Paul puts it this way: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Richard B. Hays puts it this way: “The conversion of the imagination.” It’s the practice of so steeping ourselves in a narrative, in an understanding of the world, of in an understanding of how the world actually functions, that we see everything […]