May 3, 2008

Redeeming Law on Mars Hill Audio

Redeeming Law is the subject of one of the interviews in the latest issue of Mars Hill Audio Journal. As is always the case with MHAJ, volume 90 includes all sorts of great stuff:

J. Mark Bertrand on how the language of "worldviews" can mean something richer than it often does; Michael P. Schutt on how the day-to-day practice of Christian lawyers can reflect a Christian view of the nature of law; Michael Ward on how C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia were shaped by medieval cosmological beliefs about the seven planets; Dana Gioia on the disturbing trends in the reading (non)habits of Americans; Makoto Fujimura on reading, painting, and attending to the world; Gregory Edward Reynolds on lessons about reading from the study of media ecology; Catherine Prescott, on why portrait painters often depict their subjects with books in their hands; and Eugene Peterson on the place of reading in the spiritual lives of Christians.

I've been a subscriber to the Mars Hill Audio Journal on and off (mostly on) for fifteen-plus years (even making blog references from time to time). The fact that it has been such an important influence in my own habits of thinking and reading makes it all the more fun-- and humbling-- to be included in this issue.

Even more fun is that the lead interview is with my friend and Worldview Academy colleague, Mark Bertrand, who has written a wonderful book taking a fresh look at "worldview." Mark and I first met years ago as guest lecturers at Worldview Academy, and as Mark recounts here, our friendship really began over a discussion of Mars Hill. Over the years, I've seen that his thoughtfulness, humility, and humor are not just "put on" for students he's teaching-- they are simply reflections of his character. He's taught me all sorts of great stuff over the years through his blogging and book recommendations and in our discussions and book store visits. He's a great friend, and it's a joyful turn of Providence-- and a particularly sweet pleasure-- to be paired with him in volume 90.


  1. I'm impressed, Mike! You made the big time. I enjoyed your interchange with Ken. He is without question the premier interviewer in America--Larry King can not hold a candle to Ken. I do not miss anything of his I can lay hold of. He must really work hard at preparing for his interviews. You kept up with him nicely. Great exchange.

    Almost done with the book in CLS small group study--very challenging. Got to cerebrate and marinate in the appendix some more. I'm trying to figure out how useful such taxonomy is.

    Keep up the good work!

    Duane Young

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  3. Thanks, Duane! Good to hear from you. I'd really love to hear more about the small group and whether there is anything I could provide to similar groups to make it easier to study and discuss.

    I, too, am a big Myers fan.

    Let me know, too what you're thinking on the "taxonomy" as you chew . . . .


  4. Mike,

    I wanted you to know that I handed out my first two copies of Redeeming Law to two Wheaton graduates - one a graduating senior and one graduating from law school - with the invitation to join the CLS. This post seemed to be the best place to let you know.

    I received a thank you note from the law school graduate. About your book he wrote:

    "Your gift could not have been more timely! In reading just the first couple of chapters so far, it is answering so many questions that I have had over the past few years about law school....Redeeming Law excited me as soon as I took it out of the box!"