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  • Hands and Wheels: An Ode to Tom Hyland
    Mark Bair March 2021 Note: This is a tribute on the occasion of my dear friend Tom’s retirement from his formal pastoral role. Most of us have probably had the experience of riding in a car with someone who does not keep their hands on the wheel. Maybe they’re eating, fussing with the radio, or… Read More »Hands and Wheels: An Ode to Tom Hyland
  • We Need Psalmists (II)
    In my previous post, I described modern psalmists as public servants (not necessarily professional) who embody a story with vivid imagery and whose body of work expresses the wide range of human experience. This writing reflects on our current efforts to be psalmists. Evaluating Our Body of Work My social and cultural experiences of the… Read More »We Need Psalmists (II)
  • We Need Psalmists (I)
    May music move our story alongEven if it’s not quite a song.May our voices paint the air with shalomEven if no one says, ‘what a poem!’ Since I began working through the Psalms consecutively, rather than skipping around to find a favorite, I noticed their variety of moods, subject matter, and the many roles these… Read More »We Need Psalmists (I)
  • Review of Prayer in the Night
    Prayer in the Night:For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep Tish Harrison Warren Hardback: IVP Books, 2021 Reviewed by Mark Bair, first published in the Englewood Review of Books I first encountered Tish Harrison Warren’s work in her book Liturgy of the Ordinary. As one who comes from a tradition that had only a negative… Read More »Review of Prayer in the Night
  • A Vision of Disruptive Beauty
    In the first chapter of the book bearing his name, Jeremiah received his call to be a public servant specializing in words, a disruptor of false peace—a prophet of God. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,and before you were born, I consecrated you;I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) The… Read More »A Vision of Disruptive Beauty