A Mind-Bending Apologetic

The Hound of Heaven is premiering in London later this week at the Raindance Film Festival, and you can see the trailer for it here at The Hollywood Reporter. It is a short film, so it will not be releasing in the usual theater way. When it is available I will beat the drum here in such a way as to help you find out how to see it.Hound Heaven

This short film is remarkable in any number of ways, but the most remarkable thing about it is that it exists at all. A Victorian opium addict wrote a Victorian poem about all the baubles he had decided to pursue instead of Christ, and as he pursued them, he realized that he was being inexorably pursued. Bring this poem into a 21st century setting, have the pursuing hound of Heaven be represented by the rap artist Propaganda, mix in a hard series of surrealistic images, and you have a short movie that can speak across centuries.

When you consider the dilemma of mankind, you realize that there is nothing peculiarly Victorian about it — although the Victorians were full participants in this mess, just as we are.

Nate and Aaron rented an abandoned car dealership, built a subway tunnel in it, and a pool for the water shots, and a set house. My daughter Bekah designed the posters that were to line the tunnel, had them printed in Asia somewhere, just for kicks I think, whence they arrived just in time to be wallpapered up. Propaganda came up from California to give The Hound of Heaven his spoken word treatment, and did a fantastic job. Danielle Smith, an NSA student here in Moscow, gave a marvelous performance in capturing what it is like to run like a heroine in a horror flick. But the looming horror she runs from is . . . life.

I am not sure how many times I have seen it, but it stays powerful. We will let you know how to get it when it releases, so stay tuned — especially if you have any friends who are still running.


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Pursued by . . . Hounds

In a few weeks, the short film The Hound of Heaven will be premiering in London at the Raindance Film Festival. It was made here in Moscow, directed by Nate, and is spooky good. After it releases, I will let you know how you can see it. In the meantime, click on the picture for more.

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Patience, Patience . . .

Okay, then, you probably noticed the theme has changed. I need to mention this because there are all kinds of features tucked away in all kind of nooks and most of the crannies. Even where I have noticed something — that is, for example, not true — this does not mean I am deliberately trying to mislead anyone or otherwise break the 9th commandment. Take, for example, the one about affiliate links. I need to play with this a while to customize it, and so you must needs be patient. That’s a virtue anyway, so I look at it as win/win.

Davenant Presents . . .

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A number of you regulars at this blog are located in Southern California, which means this is an event you should mark on your calendars. For those of you living elsewhere, you can get information about live-streaming at this location — so I guess you all should mark your calendars. Okay, everybody mark your calendars. It promises to be a hummer.

Here is the back story on how this all came together. The event was made possible by the Davenant Trust, the same group that provided New St. Andrews with a generous gift to kick start our translation project of Reformation theology. Make sure to check them out.

Announcing the Wenden House Project

I am really excited about this one. All the labor that has gone into the recovery of Latin is starting to bear some serious fruit. The press release from NSA is below:

An initiative at New Saint Andrews College will fund graduate student fellowships to translate theological works of 16th- and 17th-century Reformers from Latin to modern English for use by Christians around the world.

With two founding gifts – of a rare collection of Reformation-era books and funding for two initial graduate fellowships – the College plans to begin translation work this fall. In launching what has become known as “Wenden House Project,” students in the College’s Theology & Letters M.A. program will be the initial beneficiaries, receiving annual fellowships of half or more of their graduate tuition in exchange for translation work. The College’s Tyndale Library will provide a home for the Wenden House Project Collection, and ultimately, the students’ translation work will be published in both scholarly volumes and for free use online by Christians worldwide.

Support for the project has come from a private donor and the Davenant Trust, a recently-founded organization dedicated to the renewal of Protestant theology and historical scholarship.

“We’re very grateful for the gifts we’ve received for this initiative,” said NSA President Roy Atwood. “It’s a boon to our graduate program and opens doors for others to join us in supporting and growing this bold initiative that has such global impact.” President Atwood commended College Dean Dr. Ben Merkle, who will provide the editorial direction and program oversight, for his visionary work in establishing the project.

“The Anglo-Saxon verb wenden literally means ‘to turn’ or ‘to redirect,’” explained Merkle. “Our goal will be the same:  to redirect the insights of the sixteenth century into the twenty-first.”

Merkle likened the project to King Alfred the Great’s ninth century recovery of Latin volumes of early church fathers like Augustine and Gregory which were similarly left untranslated on library shelves.

The Master of Arts program in Theology & Letters at New Saint Andrews College is an academically-rigorous, two-year graduate program for those aspiring to be theologically-informed creative writers and/or culturally-informed theologians. Students interested in the Davenant Fellowships to be awarded by the Wenden House Project should inquire at (208) 882-1566 and learn about the M.A. program at www.nsa.edu.

New Saint Andrews is a nationally-recognized, limited-enrollment liberal arts college in the classical and Christian tradition located in historic downtown Moscow, Idaho, on Friendship Square. The College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities.