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.