Skillful living

June 2010

Comment Magazine - Skillful living

01

Caedmon's Hymn

Cædmon is the earliest English poet whose name is known, and this Hymn is his only known surviving work. Above, the modern English version is presented alongside the Northumbrian variant text.

02

Seize the Quarterlife Crisis

By Robert Joustra

An opportunity to press beyond who we are and into who made us.
06

Love it or Leave it?

By Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Discerning what to hold tightly, what to hold loosely: a rumination on luxury and "royal wastefulness."
13

Comment Online Best of Q1

Did you know Comment publishes five times more content online than in print? Here's a look at our most popular online articles from early 2010.
14

Connecting Faith and Corporate Leadership

By Albert Erisman

What's gone wrong with recent business leaders, and how the former chief at PepsiCo thinks we can fix it: an interview with Steve Reinemund.
22

Pocket litter

"Pocket litter" is a spy novel term. It refers to items inserted in a spy's pockets and luggage by a support team—including things like receipts, coins, theatre tickets, and so forth—to add authenticity to the spy's "legend," should he or she be apprehended.

If you abducted a Comment staffer and shook him or her down, you might find traces of the following. . .

24

Kuyper the Mystic

By Clay Cooke with Steven Garber

"A Christianity that neglects the mystic element grows cold and congeals." —Abraham Kuyper

Why personal piety and public life can coexist.

32

What the world needs most is not our relevance

By Jedd Medefind

If we are to offer our culture what it needs most, we must pull from sources beyond it.
40

Things everyone needs to know

A compendium of useful ideas, from sharpening a knife to avoiding cynicism to making small talk to evaluating film to buying books on a budget.
52

Reviews

A glance at recent non-fiction releases by Yoder, Bowen, Eagleton and many more.
56

Art After Fifth Grade

By Daniel Siedell

Understanding the production and distribution mechanisms whirring underneath the "art world."
61

Love will build this city

By Gideon Strauss

Caritas in Veritate and the call to culture making. Includes the 2009 joint statement "Doing the truth in love," presented by the Center for Public Justice, Cardus and the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics.
67

Jesus the Tekton

By David K. Naugle

Making what is needed, restoring what is broken. Could Jesus' humanity by reflected more authentically than in his role as a carpenter?

This Issue

Comment readers and writers are seeking practical answers to the big questions of life with requisite fear and trembling. We need to answer in ways that are more than merely relevant, that are prophetic—not simply enough for today, but enough for what tomorrow may bring.

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