Shards Favorite Writers

Bible
And a little verbage. And Ryke then or after the link

Mars Hill Audio J
MHAJ is…. link

Dana Gioia
D G is… was laureate of Calif, links for some his talks, videos. Trinity

Mako

God’s writers do more than inform and command. They help us imagine God and ourselves as we really are and as we can be as his glory transforms us. They help us imagine the world as it will be when his kingdom fully dawns. I miss so much of this, as my mind has not been trained to appreciate visual language, but to master abstract concepts. We are told in Psalm 1 that the blessed person delights in the God’s word, not merely knows it. Here are some beautiful examples from Isaiah: 

Fear not, O Jacob my servant…
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring…
This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ 
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
 and name himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:5)

Can a woman forget her nursing child, 
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:15,16)

 I will make you majestic forever,
    a joy from age to age…
..the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory
….the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
    that I might be glorified.(Isaiah 60:15, 19,21)

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 (Isaiah 62:3)

This of course is an ongoing, ever-expanding page. Just get some for now…This list is not all good Christian writers, but beauty and brokenness, Imagination So Dyrness, add Malcolm Guite, Cairns, Marylin Rob for Gilead

Biblical authors Moses, David, Isaiah, John, Paul, and Peter. God is a creator and master writer. He is a father, a king, a teacher, and an artist.  He wrote to us through diverse people in diverse literary genres. Jesus spoke in parables and used vivid imagery. John Piper notes:

The Bible is filled with every manner of literary device to add natural impact: acrostics, alliteration, analogies, anthropomorphism, assonance, cadence, chiasmus, consonance, dialogue, hyperbole, irony, metaphor, meter, onomatopoeia, paradox, parallelism, repetition, rhyme, satire, simile— they’re all there, and more.(Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully, 31)

God’s writers do more than inform and command. They help us imagine God as he has revealed himself. They help us see ourselves as as we really are and and as we can be as his glory transforms us. They help us imagine the world as it will be when his kingdom fully dawns. I have missed so much of this, as my mind has not been trained to appreciate visual language, but to master abstract concepts. We are told in Psalm 1 that the blessed person delights in the God’s word, not merely knows it. Here are some beautiful examples of God’s artistry from Isaiah: 

Fear not, O Jacob my servant…
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring…
This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ 
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
 and name himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:5)

Can a woman forget her nursing child, 
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:15,16)

 I will make you majestic forever,
    a joy from age to age…
..the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be
your glory
….the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
    that I might be
glorified.(Isaiah 60:15, 19,21)

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 (Isaiah 62:3)

Jonathan Edwards has way of writing about the glory and beauty of God in a way what is itself beautiful and moving. It’s as if Edwards wrote in order to worship more fully. He has also shown me that knowing about God is not the same as knowing God by “sweet” experience. 

All the beauty to be found throughout the whole creation, is but the reflection of the diffused beams of that Being who has an infinite fullness of brightness and glory. (The Nature of True Virtue)

There is a difference between having an opinion, that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A person may have the former who doesn’t know how honey tastes; but a person cannot have the latter unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. (A Divine and Supernatural Light)

When I first read John Newton, I felt as if he knew a different God than me. I was stuck by how assured he was that God was faithful and in good in all our difficulties–even self-caused trials. He perceived the marriage of obedience and beauty:

Our pleasure and our duty,
Though opposite before,
Since we have seen his beauty,
Are join’d to part no more.. (The Olney Hymns)

Newton’sletters have given me a stronger confidence that God is always at work, even when I fail.

[The mature believer] is content with his situation because the Lord chooses it for him; He is not eager for additions and alterations in his circumstances. If Divine Providence points out and leads for a change, he is ready to follow… (Letters of John Newton, 182)

Every circumstance is under the direction of the Lord; chastisements are a token of his love; the season, the measure, and continuance of his sufferings are appointed by infinite wisdom… [The one who trusts the Lord] knows his interests are safe, he is not greatly afraid of evil tidings, but enjoys a stable peace… For, though he cannot tell what a day may bring forth, he believes that he who invited and enabled him to cast all his cares on upon Him, will suffer nothing to befall him but what shall be made subservient to his chief desires, the glory of God in the sanctification and final salvation of his soul. (Letters of John Newton, 92,93)