Art and Christian Excellence
May08

Art and Christian Excellence

As I was browsing home décor items recently, I encountered some interesting (to use a kind word) pieces. One was a reprint of DaVinci’s Last Supper, which is all well and good, but this was not the only image in the picture. Superimposed over the famous painting in a 1990s holographic nightmare was an atrocious rendering of Jesus on the cross. I don’t think this particular piece nor two other similar works were intended to mock the...

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The Legacy of Mary Ann Welch
Mar27

The Legacy of Mary Ann Welch

In 2012, Free Will Baptist Bible College (FWBBC) was renamed Welch College in honor of Rev. John L Welch and his wife Mary Ann. A pastor of Cofer’s Chapel in Nashville, Tennessee, Bro. Welch played a key role in the formation of the National Association of Free Will Baptists as well as in the founding of FWBBC. His contributions to our denomination are indeed profound. Long before the college received a new name, though, the FWBBC...

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Longing for Auld Lang Syne: America’s Cultural Nostalgia
Jan02

Longing for Auld Lang Syne: America’s Cultural Nostalgia

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9, ESV). American pop culture is certainly proving the preacher of Ecclesiastes right, though I realize it may be a bit of a stretch to apply the verse in this way. It seems that we can go nowhere without seeing advertisements for another reboot, remake, or reunion of beloved shows and movies. Whether through...

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Jane Austen, the Christian
Sep12

Jane Austen, the Christian

Since their publication in the early nineteenth century, Jane Austen’s brilliant novels have been read and enjoyed. They are often viewed as the ultimate examples of romantic literature. Though they certainly model true love and good marriage, Austen has much more to say to her readers, particularly in regards to faith and good living. Since Jane Austen’s death in 1817, scholars and critics have shown great interest in the religious...

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The Country Gentleman: Country Life and Customs in the Poetry of Robert Herrick
Jul18

The Country Gentleman: Country Life and Customs in the Poetry of Robert Herrick

There is much to be said for a simple, rural life in which one delights in the pleasures of working the land, keeping time-established traditions, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. This lifestyle was very well-articulated by the Southern Agrarians in early twentieth-century America, but several other notable literary artists have also dedicated much of their work to the topic. Robert Herrick, a contemporary of John Donne and...

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