Month: May 2013


Praise Songs: Central Purpose


I teach senior English and early in every term, I assign a paragraph.  Usually it's some simple literary analysis.  I don't even need to look at them to know that 60% of them will read like a tangled fishing line.  For many, the best we can hope for is that all the...

Praise Songs and Higher Times


I know that I said I would look at praise and worship songs as an English teacher, but I'm cheating and looking at praise and worship songs wearing a philosophical hat. In a recent post, David Murrow explains "[w]hy men have stopped singing in church."  He says that there are...

Praise Songs: Meaningful Metaphors


Katheryn Scott's "At the Foot of the Cross" contains these words: Trade these ashes in for beauty And wear forgiveness like a crown Coming to kiss the feet of mercy I lay every burden down At the foot of the cross  I've sang this song quite a few times and...

An English Teacher Looks at Praise and Worship Songs


One of the things we do in church is sing.  I love singing.  When I was a kid I didn't; I think I must have driven the Sunday school teachers crazy.   I was one of a group of boys who delighted in changing the lyrics of the Sunday school songs...

Fatal Attraction to Freedom


I used to have sheep, about a dozen ewes and a big ram named Joe.  This combination resulted in about twenty lambs in the spring.  Once these little ones discovered the wonderful world beyond the teat, they became a huge problem. The ewes and Joe would happily eat the grass...

Zombies Represent the Crisis of the Modern Idenity


The zombie functions as a monstrous other, transgressing boundaries and unsettling the modern identity, as monsters have always done.  But, it goes beyond the scope of traditional monsters in that it also holds a mirror up to the secular self, and suggests, without the transcendent, we may nothing more than animated...

Absence of Authority: Zombies and Hobbes


Zombie films evoke the fear of how people would respond if there were no authorities to keep the baser appetites in check.  I must admit, for me this is the source of zombie terror for me.  Without the authority represented by government or any transcendent moral authority, human beings turn...