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Mike Crowl
Writer, composer, musician, and occasional amateur actor. And, of course, Christian.
Writer, composer, musician, and occasional amateur actor. And, of course, Christian.

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Is Christianity Hard or Easy?
How much of myself must I give? The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as a starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else – call it “morality” or “decent ...

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Review of War Hero
ODT, 24 July 2017 New opera makes mark by Elizabeth Bouman War Hero, written and directed by Dunedin’s John Drummond, had its world premiere in the Mayfair Theatre on Saturday evening.  Writing an opera is a massive undertaking, defining characters and comp...

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The old rattle-trap
C S Lewis to MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the resurrection of the body and of all creation; and on the goodness of the bodies we now have. 26 November 1962 My stuff about animals came long ago in  The Problem of Pain . I ventured the supposal—it could be nothi...

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Over the power of death
The power to discern God’s presence in common life is imparted when one becomes a Christian, an event in which the power of the Word of God in one’s own personal history is manifest over and over against the power of death. Then and thereafter the Christian...

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Couple of quotes from Gilead
A couple of quotes from Marilynne Robinson's wonderful book, Gilead , as noted by Mark O'Connell, in an article in The New Yorker .  The sun had come up brilliantly after a heavy rain, and the trees were glistening and very wet. On some impulse, plain exube...

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Rehearsing War Hero
I've started a fourth book in the Grimhilderness   series, but at the moment it's having to take a very definite second place to another project. I'm playing for the rehearsals of John Drummond's new opera, War Hero , about the period in the life of Archie ...

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Shakespeare the survivor
I went and saw the movie version of Twelfth Night a couple of weeks ago - it's a recording of the 2017 production at the National Theatre in London. The movie version is bit of an oddity: there's a 20-minute interval around the two-hour mark, when nothing a...

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Poetry says more...
‘… the Kingdom of God, which is not solely of this world, is slowly coming closer to being more clearly figured in this world … we who are not saints are caught up, not by God but by the logic of our choosing to delay sainthood, in a combat we keep thinking...

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All callings are precious to God
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.  1 Corinthians  7:20 Charles H. Spurgeon Some persons have the foolish notion that the only way in which they can live for God is by becoming ministers, missionaries, or Bible women. Alas! how m...

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TO EDWARD LOFSTROM: A letter of great encouragement for someone who had been struggling with excessive self-awareness. 10 June 1962 You are of course perfectly right in defining your problem (which is also mine and everyone’s) as ‘excessive selfness’. But p...
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