News from St. Francis 12/3 – 12/10/17

David Lose is a former homiletics professor, seminary president, and now pastor of a church in Minneapolis. His weekly reflections are wonderful food for the soul. Here is this week’s Advent opener:

I sometimes think Norman Rockwell is one of the most dangerous artists of the past century. I know that may initially sound a bit absurd, as Rockwell’s overly cheerful, even sentimental style led many to dismiss him as a serious artist and, indeed, often to refer to him instead as a mere illustrator. Moreover, I say this as one who enjoys Rockwell’s endearing style and portrait of what feels like a bygone era. Yet it is precisely Rockwell’s sentimentality that poses certain hazards, particularly when it is viewed it not as sentimental but as ideal.

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