“Behold I Make All Things New” picks up the story when Berna is struggling to know her duties as a wife and mother after she becomes romantically involved with a church member. She realizes that she has married Zechariah for the wrong reasons, and believes that her entire life as a minister's wife is a lie.Read More
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6.1 author Max Harris offers a brief manifesto of sorts on writing stories as a Christian. Jesus puzzled his audiences with short stories. We call them parables. The disciples wanted to know their meaning. Sometimes Jesus explained; other times, he didn’t. Embedded in the gospels’ creative nonfiction, Jesus’s parables are stories within stories.
The Holy Spirit crafts gazillions of life stories, in which the characters come alive and insist on shaping their own destinies. Patiently, over a lifetime, the Spirit shapes weak material into something beautiful and true. Even the worst he never discards. A small tweaking of some detail or a sudden flash of light might yet breathe new life into flawed characters.
The Father loves each and every part of the creation. The Father eschews ironic distancing. Faith believes that God’s love is strong enough to forge a happy ending for the whole creation. But not yet.
I wonder what part my poor stories play in this long narrative.
Max Harris was born in England, received his PhD from the University of Virginia, and now lives in Wisconsin. He is the author of five nonfiction books, including Theater and Incarnation and Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools, and several short stories. Writing fiction allows him to make stuff up.
These days, I am both painfully and joyfully aware that I similarly live in more than one world—the cynical and the sublime, the practical and the imaginative, the mundane and the miraculous, the horrific and the heavenly seemingly crisscrossing mid-air.Read More
6.1 creative nonfiction author Patrice Gopo knows her piece about race, faith, and cross-cultural work isn't exactly the kind of thing you will read and say, "Hey, that's beautiful!"Read More
6.1 poet Jill Reid found community in words, and now she is working on a Holy Spirit building one word at a time.Read More
It's Ash Wednesday, and 6.1 poet Angela Alaimo O’Donnell heads to a bar full of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and others. She has a black ash cross on her forehead.Read More
6.1 fiction author Joshua Hren describes the role of short stories in a tragic world.Read More