The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Recitation Night

Last night our school, Pactum Christian Academy, hosted its end-of-the-year recitiation. The boys all did a marvelous job, excellent in every way. It makes a teacher proud. I can't wait until we have more students and can do plays, because these guys are going to be great. Here's a rundown of what they presented:

  • "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

  • "The Legend of King Arthur" Anonymous from Bishop Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

  • "King Alfred's War Song"

  • Speech from Act 4 Scene 1 of Henry V by William Shakespeare

  • Speech from Act 4 Scene 3 of Henry V by William Shakespeare

  • Speech from Act 5 Scene 2 of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

  • "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" by Patrick Henry

  • "The Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It was pretty impressive.

There was another cool thing that happened last night too. We had the recitation at the church, and my son Luther has learned that when we go to church we hear about Jesus. So before the recitation started, my wife leaned over to Luther and asked him, "Are you going to watch Daddy tonight?" And Luther, pointing up toward the pulpit, corrected her firmly, saying, "Watch Jesus!"
I thought it was cute.


Erica said…
Sounds fun :-)
Luther's getting smarter every day!