Author Archives: David Oestreich

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

  The Hypostatic Union The Word set forth before the world began         Wrote out the mournful tune in minor key:         The crying of the infant Son of Man. There was no way that they could understand         How that small and helpless child could be         The Word set forth before the world began. Joseph wondered at… Continue Reading

More on Musical Meaning

More on Musical Meaning

Scott’s article on Monday seemed a good occasion to make (finally) a brief post that had occurred to me some time ago. Scott wrote the following: [M]usical communication occurs because of . . . natural associations. Combinations of dynamics, tone colors, rhythms, and tempos can combine to mimic the natural way we feel inwardly or… Continue Reading

Stevens on Culture and Meaning

Stevens on Culture and Meaning

Wallace Stevens, one of the preeminent poetic voices of the modern period, was one of the greatest American poets, period. Among his chief concerns was the interaction of the mind with reality–the external with the internal–and the seeming inseparability of the two. The poem below, one of several of the “anecdote poems” in his first… Continue Reading

Rick Santorum: Movie Mogul

Rick Santorum: Movie Mogul

“For a long time, Christians have decided that the best way to fight the popular culture is to keep it at bay, to lock it out of their home. … That’s a losing battle,” (HT: D. G. Hart at Old Life.) Continue Reading

The Sacrifices of God

The Sacrifices of God

I subscribe to the “poem-a-day” e-mail service from Rattle, a well-regarded and above-average publication. I thought yesterday’s poem, a prose poem, might be of interest to readers of this site, touching, as it does in its way, on notions we frequently consider here. The prose poem is an interesting genre. Technically, it differs only from… Continue Reading

Boiling Down Some Thoughts on Hymnals, Hymns, and Hymnody

Boiling Down Some Thoughts on Hymnals, Hymns, and Hymnody

Teaching children can be immensely helpful in clarifying one’s thoughts. This is probably true of any teaching project, but in dealing with children, the necessity of reducing principles and truths to their simplest comprehendable form without omitting or diminishing any of their central components is paramount. I was recently asked to teach a segment in… Continue Reading

Remembering Who We Are (and Aren’t)

Remembering Who We Are (and Aren’t)

To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who exists outside of all our categories, who will not be dimissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries: this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so… Continue Reading

Wrapping Up Medium and Message

Wrapping Up Medium and Message

No pun intended; I’ve actually been meaning to fit this post in for a few months, but, in light of recent discussions, it seemed timely to do so now. I invite (read: urge) our readers to watch this videotaped lecture, which has been previously recommended to us from other quarters. In it Glenn Arbery, a… Continue Reading

Tozer on Wonder

Tozer on Wonder

[W]e do not know. We save face by repeating frivolously the popular jargon of science. We harness the mighty energy that rushes through our world; we subject it to fingertip control in our cars and our kitchens; we make it work for us like Aladdin’s jinn, but still we do not know what it is.… Continue Reading

William Logan on Medium and Message

William Logan on Medium and Message

(Note: For anyone who’s been missing them, I plan to return to sharing insights from Tozer over the coming weeks.) Any review of The Cantos‘ visual form, intimately involved with Pound’s acquisition of a typewriter during 1913 or 1914, cannot proceed without examining the letters in their library caches. In the interest of economy, the… Continue Reading

A Holy Thursday Poem

A Holy Thursday Poem

  Betrayal The hymn’s last chords resolve to midnight’s calm as Judas goes to meet his guard through streets littered with brittle palms. While Jesus prays his garden allies sleep their watch away, but Judas pleads as well, Let judgment pass! and weeps. Now to the gate where Jesus greets a crowd of soldiers, priests—though… Continue Reading

Tozer on Medium and Message

Tozer on Medium and Message

It is probably impossible to think without words, but if we permit ourselves to think with the wrong words, we shall soon be entertaining erroneous thoughts; for words, which are given us for the expression of thought, have a habit of going beyond their proper bounds and determining the content of thought. “As nothing is… Continue Reading

Tozer on the Destruction of the Gospel

Tozer on the Destruction of the Gospel

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God… The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems . . .but even if the multiple burdens of time may… Continue Reading

A. W. Tozer on the Church in His Day

A. W. Tozer on the Church in His Day

I’m currently reading Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy and plan to share some quotes over the coming weeks. From the preface, here is the first. The message of this book does not grow out of these times but it is appropriate to them. It is called forth by a condition which has existed in… Continue Reading

Formalists Under Fire

Formalists Under Fire

A few weeks before Christmas, my sons and I made repeated visits to a firearms store. Both boys had expressed an interest in hunting, and we had discussed what types of guns are appropriate when pursuing various game—rabbit, bird, deer, and etc. After doing some preliminary research, we then went out to price and heft… Continue Reading