Fresh Tracks

7 Nov

R.I.P. Richard Wilbur (1921-2017)

Category: Fresh Tracks
By: Eve Ruotsinoja
Published: 11/07/17
Photograph by Stathis Orphanos

Former poet laureate, Richard Wilbur, died on October 14, 2017. Known for his technical skill and subtle complexity, Wilbur focused his poems in compact forms and with modest themes. Among his contemporaries, Wilbur stood out as unusually cheerful, a quality due as much to his Christian conviction in the goodness of things as to his general disposition. 

In honor of Richard Wilbur, MARS HILL AUDIO has made available an interview from Volume 46 on which Wilbur discusses his 2000 collection of poems entitled Mayflies. Click here for more information about the life and work of Richard Wilbur and to access the archive recording.

Wilbur also appears as the subject of an essay by David Lyle Jeffrey entitled “God’s Patient Stet.” This essay originally appeared in First Things and was recorded and republished as an Audio Reprint by MARS HILL AUDIO.

7 Sep

In Memoriam: Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017)

Category: Fresh Tracks
By: Eve Ruotsinoja
Published: 09/07/17

One of the greatest living theologians, and in the opinion of many the greatest American theologian, Robert W. Jenson, died on September 5, 2017. Jenson was the author of numerous books and articles, including Story and Promise: A Brief Theology of the Gospel about JesusEssays in Theology of Culture, and his two-volume magnum opus Systematic Theology.

Known as a fearless and compelling theologian, Jenson was the sort of thinker with whom it was worth struggling even if in the end you disagreed with nearly everything he said. By way of tribute to Jenson’s life and work, MARS HILL AUDIO is releasing an archive interview with Robert Jenson from volume 20 of the Journal on why the life of the mind matters to the Church.

Click here to read more about the work of Robert Jenson and to listen to the full interview.

9 Sep

Alan Jacobs on Oliver Sacks

Category: Fresh Tracks
By: Ken Myers
Published: 09/09/15

. . . from the MHA archives

Neurologist Oliver Sacks died on August 30, 2015. We’ve made available a 1995 interview with Alan Jacobs about Sacks (from volume 16 of the MARS HILL Tapes).

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28 Oct

In Light of the Logos: Creation, Redemption, and the Christian Imagination

Category: Fresh Tracks
Published: 10/28/13

Ken Myers delivers lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary

On October 22-25, 2013, Ken Myers delivered a series of three lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary as part of the school’s inaugural Arts Week. The week, which included an art show, guest performers, and Myers’s three lectures, was incorporated this year to help emphasize the importance of Christian involvement in the arts. The lectures, titled “In Light of the Logos: Creation, Redemption, and the Christian Imagination,” were recorded and are available for both viewing and downloading on Dallas Theological Seminary’s website.

One of the main themes in these lectures is the claim that a Christian understanding of art and imagination begins with a confidence in the meaningful order of Creation, an order which survives the Fall and which is perceived by the collaboration of reason and imagination. So a confident affirmation of the doctrine of Creation is fundamental to understanding art and imagination. Second, the mystery of the Incarnation — God taking human form — is the basis for regarding aspects of embodied life and action as meaningful and valuable. Third, the resurrection of the man Jesus Christ confirms God’s love for his Creation and the order he established within it. Our present delight in the reality of beauty within Creation anticipates our future delight in the new heavens and the new earth.

Below are links to the three lectures and the Q&A session:

Lecture I

Lecture II

Lecture III

Question and Answer session

17 Oct

Oliver O’Donovan in Conversation

Category: Fresh Tracks
By: Ken Myers
Published: 10/17/13

Discussing political theology with Matthew Lee Anderson and Ken Myers

Oliver O’Donovan

Oliver O’Donovan’s 1996 book The Desire of the The Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology is a monumentally important work. The roots referenced in the subtitle are present in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and in pre-modern theological reflection on the task of political authority. Modern theology and modern politics have tended — sometimes vehemently — to insist on a wall of separation between them, a wall O’Donovan insists must be torn down if we are to be true to the Gospel, which is, after all, the good news about God’s Kingdom. “Theology must be political if it is to be evangelical. Rule out the political questions and you cut short the proclamation of God’s saving power; you leave people enslaved where they ought to be set free from sin — their own sin and others’.”

In October 2013, while the U.S. government was shut down over disputes about the federal budget, Oliver O’Donovan made a rare visit to Capitol Hill for a public conversation about the Gospel and public life. The event was held a few blocks from the relatively darkened Capitol building, before a group of about 160 congressional and executive branch staff people, Christian activists, clergy, theologians, and assorted lay-people. Sponsored by the Mere Orthodoxy blog, RenewDC, the Christian’s Library Press, and MARS HILL AUDIO, the conversation was convened by Matthew Lee Anderson, the author of The End of Our Exploring and Earthen Vessels, and one of the principal contributors to

The event was recorded and is available here, in streaming audio or downloadable MP3. (Listeners must sign in to access the audio.)

A brief extract from The Desire of the Nations is available here.