By Charles L. Bartow

ISBN-10: 1498222625

ISBN-13: 9781498222624

ISBN-10: 1625649460

ISBN-13: 9781625649461

The poems of Cries of Earth and Altar converse of human laughter, secret, paintings, play, sorrow--and even rage--as an oblation set upon heaven's excessive altar, which, as Calvin famous, is Christ himself. Upon that altar, the cries of earth are made a cry of glory, "Abba, Father" (Mark 14:36; Rom 8:15)! apart from these poems categorized "out of season," each one poetic textual content is given a spot within the Christian liturgical calendar: Advent-Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Lent-Pentecost, and traditional Time. within the concluding essay, poetry and preaching are spoken of as fragile indicatives that implicitly name into query all claims of inviolability and permanence for humanly wrought structures of notion, universal existence, and governance. They live on as verbal, vocal, and actual gesture, as ink changed into blood.

"These poems exhibit the deep craving that lies underneath the veneer. they can were written in simple terms by way of a pastor like Charles Bartow who spent his existence trying to find the holy within the lives of these round him."
--M. Craig Barnes, President, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

"The strength of poetry lies in its skill to provide voice to the paranormal, magical, eternal international past our understanding, and in those pages, Charles Bartow does simply that for the reader, crafting a liturgical calendar of religion that speaks to the center of humankind. full of wondering, brooding about, remembering, and imagining, those prayerful poems converse to the enormity of our religion and the depth of our lives."
--Kathleen Moore, Poet Laureate, San Ramon, CA

"Scholar, instructor, poet-preacher Charles L. Bartow bargains the clean reward of a liturgical poesis that weds poetry and preaching to doxology, displaying us once more that he's greater than a poet or preacher; he's a doxologian, a modern psalmist attune to the cries of compliment and lament emerging from the earth to God's cruciform altar. This theo-poetic delivering will unusually hot each reader's middle in the course of each season of existence. input this poetic liturgy at your personal possibility simply because those phrases will usher you to the throne of God."
--Luke A. Powery, affiliate Professor of the perform of Homiletics, Duke collage, Durham, NC

"Charles Bartow is a broad-shouldered poet whose phrases not just fly up yet sink down in. he's keen on the stuff and diversity of genuine lifestyles. Snaking rhythms circulate the manly phrases and lacy photographs. Air-filled yet no longer ethereal, polished yet now not varnished, this is often poetry you could take to the pulpit or the medical institution as simply because the park bench. if it is grief or starvation that drives you to the poetry shelf, you can find an answering voice here."
--Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA

Charles L. Bartow is Egner Professor of Speech communique Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary. he's additionally Pastor Emeritus of The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, greenbacks County, PA. he's the writer of Dust and Prayers: Poems (2009).

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