1. […] Art: Painting Inside The Lines From time to time I read comments or blog posts alluding to the skilled craftsmen God commissioned to build the tabernacle and all its accouterments (see for example Stephen Burnett’s article today at Speculative Faith). […]

  2. Max Weber observed in his book, *The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism*, how the Puritan idea of Vocation has helped lead to the prosperity of the West and the US in particular. Great piece. I really enjoyed it. 🙂

  3. Christian says:

    Hi Stephen,
    Very interesting article. I have to admit I’ve never given much thought to the issue but it makes perfect sense. A writer should prove that they can write well before they’re published and someone with a big name shouldn’t be elevated above other writers and published, just because they’re well-known. Each Christian has their role in God’s Kingdom, in being a part of God’s Body. We need to do our best with what God has given us and let other people do their best too. It’s easy to see how pride can fester so easily in our hearts when we don’t think inline with God and his Kingdom. Thanks for sharing this encouraging, humbling and thought-provoking piece.


  4. Lewis had it right. Some are gifted with writing. Among those, some are gifted at fiction. What the writer must do is to be true to the faith in Christ and it will come through in the story, all the better if it is not a sermon, but rather is a subtext. If the writer is truly Christian, the book will be Christian.

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  5. […] even sillier, another divergent, propagandistic scene shows a psychiatrist (hey! like the author, it turns out) feeding humanism slogans to a patient, such as “listen to your […]

  6. […] Part 2: Maybe Christians with different callings shouldn’t insist on writing novels. […]

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