Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Introduction to The Death of JI Packer +

    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ___ to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ ___ By J.I. Packer _________ Read More
  • An Interview with Os Guiness on the 25th Anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's Death-Justin Taylor, 2009 +

    Next week (May 15) will be the 25th anniversary of the death of Francis Schaeffer, who died in his home Read More
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bright star ver2 xlgFew lives represent the transiency of this mortal coil as poignantly as John Keats, one of England’s greatest poets.

Jane Campion’s movie, Bright Star, focuses on the last three years of his life, beginning in the late summer of 1818, shortly after Keats returns from a summer walking tour of the English Lake Country, Scotland and Ireland, exhausted, his throat torn from coughing. Within a few months Keats meets and falls in love with Fanny Brawne. The following year declining health prompts him to stop writing poetry and travel to Italy in hopes that the warmer climate will rejuvenate him. Less than three years after meeting Fanny, Keats is dead at 26.

For too many, Keats life and legacy is caricatured as either the iconic, romanticized ideal of the artist taken in his prime, or the personification of what if, as in what if he had lived as many years as Shakespeare, Milton, or other of his artistic peers, what could he have written, what could he have accomplished? Instead of pandering to the idol-lust of Keats’ short life, the movie Bright Star sparks on the unfulfilled love of Fanny and John, effectively capturing the tensions of love and death, dream and waking that Keats’ poetry, including the poem Bright Star, describes.

John Keats short life is a sobering, iconic representation of how tragedy and death are no respecters of who you are.

Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. (Selah) Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather. Psalms 39

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Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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