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…

The Proper Use of "Epic"

So many words in our culture have become neutered by overuse. "Epic" for instance used to be reserved for things that were truly great. The anger of Achilles, the journey of Odysseus, the travels of Aeneas: these things were epic. We really don't have a standard of comparison these days for when to call something epic. This is why I intend to give a standard in this post for the use of the word epic. If your particular situation is not as awe-inspiring and amazing as this, it does not deserve to be called epic. So here we go:

While I was weed-eating the back yard this afternoon, I had my headphones in and was cranking this song:

It was EPIC.


buddy2blogger said…

Dare I say an Epic post ;)
Rick said…
Epic indeed. By the way, by blogfeed tells me you've written a review of the BBC Hounds of Baskerville. But it's not there!!! :(
Erica said…
I would argue that the Power Rangers theme is more epic. (Despite the utter silliness of the show.)
Mom said…
Hahahaha! While you were weed eating? Hahahaha! Poor Rick. Always thought he was he-man. Love ya buddy. And, this is epic!
buddy2blogger said…

The review for 'The Hounds of Baskerville' is up. There was a glitch in the blog that caused the error. Please click here to read my review.

Tomorrow, I will be posting my review for 'The Reichenbach Fall'.