Articles By: Kent Reister

After Malachi Before Matthew: Long Silences and Christmas

The Harvest is past, summer is ended and we are not saved. –Jeremiah 8:20 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. – Isaiah 40:3 When I was growing up I was always picked to play a shepherd in the manger scene. I’m a red...
December 13th, 2013 | Holidays, Religion | Read More

Phone Booths and Infinity

‘I shall live forever and ever!’ he cried grandly. ‘I shall find out thousands and thousands of things. I shall find out about people and creatures and everything that grows—and I shall never stop making Magic.’ –Colin from The Secret Garden  When I walk down the street I keep my eyes open...
December 11th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

The Expulsive Power of a New Addiction: Smoking Might Save Your Life

This is for the downcast heads of people claiming to be happy. I want to speak to reflected faces in phone screens, enduring the tapping of their own fingers like Chinese water torture. This article is for those who have ever run into a telephone pole, tree, mail box, or pedestrian on foot or in their...
November 22nd, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Following Christ Into the Night: A Reflection on the Fear of the Unknown

I often feel very alone when I think of the uncertainty of my future. Sometimes at night a sense of desolation follows me and shakes me awake before my morning alarm. I wake up with fears of insignificance, rejection, and isolation. My mind and heart say maybe your fears are real. Maybe you are truly...
November 11th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Black Dirt and Old Bones: Meditation on Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1:4 says “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.” After the deaths of two old men I understood that verse for the first time. I grew up in Linn County, Oregon. When I was a kid my Dad was the pastor of a sixty person church, with farmers and truckers making...
November 6th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

No Trivial Suffering: Thoughts from 1 Peter

Prayer groups are tough for me. I sit and listen to people talk about hardships during their day, and I scratch the requests down like weekly reports that are oddly similar from the last week. Then we take our broken record requests and pray in a routine that makes the whole experience seem trivial....
October 21st, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Heisenberg in the Mirror

I did it for myself. I liked it. It was good. It made me feel alive. -Walter White from Breaking Bad In the beginning of Paradise Lost John Milton describes Lucifer after his fall from Heaven: O how fall’n! Who in happy realms of light clothed with transcendent brightness did outshine Myriads…now...
October 16th, 2013 | Television | Read More

Soundtracks and Hunger Strikes: Consumer Media and the Discipline of Self Awareness

“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” ― Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death To say we live in a fast paced world is...
October 14th, 2013 | Culture | Read More