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Andrew Ferguson has a delightful profile of Ken Myers, proprietor of the Mars Hill Audio journal, in the latest issue of The Weekly Standard. An excerpt:

The Journal demonstrates how closely the interests and worries of a conservative Christian intellectual overlap those of any curious traditionalist or cultural conservative, believing or non. Myers’s own curiosity is inexhaustible. On the website’s topic index​—​choosing a letter at random​—​you’ll find under “M” segments on Mondrian (Piet) and Moore (Michael), memory and money, Mendelssohn and Marsalis, masculinity and materialism. I popped in Issue 102 the other day and heard Myers’s pleasant tenor saying, by way of preface: “Is creation meaningful, and if it is, is its meaning perceptible?” This rousing intro opened a series of ruminations and interviews with a variety of scholars and writers. A brief explanation of the split between nominalism and realism in the Middle Ages led to a discussion of Jacques Maritain’s relationship with avant garde painters and musicians in 1920s Paris, then moved through the Fibonacci sequence and the mathematical value of Bach fugues as examples of inherent order, topped off with a tribute to the paintings of Makoto Fujimura by the philosopher Thomas Hibbs. The pace is unhurried, the discussions pretty easily comprehensible. Imagine NPR if NPR were as intelligent as NPR programmers think it is.

You don’t have to agree with Myers’ view of culture to be informed and challenged by his perspective. A nice foray into his thinking is the new introduction he wrote for his only book thus far, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway). And you can sample the audio journal here.

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7 thoughts on “Ken Myers and Mars Hill Audio”

  1. I have been a listener for many years with great profit! I’ve also bought far too many books because of engaging interviews on Mars Hill audio. It’s a great ministry!

  2. Ryan Bouton says:

    I also heartily recommend MHA. “Imagine NPR if NPR were as intelligent as NPR programmers think it is.” I love that!

  3. rcjr says:

    WOOT! Spread the word far and wide. Ken Myers has long been a hero to me, instrumental in changing my life, first with AGCABSS, then with Mars Hill Audio. The church needs more Ken Myers.

  4. Rachael Starke says:

    Ken Myer’s ministry models what faithful thinking about culture actually looks like. I wish there was a way to distill what he does and get it to more teens and twenty somethings. Sometimes I think the NPR-like format actually gets in the way of him having an even bigger impact than he does. I’ve always joked that even though long drives *might* be the best time to listen, they’re not if you’re sleep-deprived. :)

    1. Richard says:

      Also good to listen to him while running! Ken has been a blessing to us in his thoughtful reflections on the culture’s impact on the church. May his tribe increase–they are too few.

  5. Bruce Greer says:

    The article in The Weekly Standard made me aware of Mars Hill for the first time. As I read that article and understood from it what Mars Hill and Myers is all about, I felt a resonance going back to those first days, in my teens, when I discovered something beyond popular culture upon hearing Benny Goodman playing the lead role in Mozart’s clarinet concerto. Now to learn more about Mars Hill.

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