It is perhaps to the great advancement and success of popular literature that pastors and cross-cultural workers (a. k. a Missionaries) spend so much time reading popular literature as they work their way through the rigors of the professional ministry. But how much richer and deeper would the preaching be if more time was spent in primary sources, the Bible for starters, but also the readily accessible literature of Rome. Roman authors can be purchased at a great price and are not cryptic writers!
In a story full of unpalatable characters, Nick Carraway stands out as the most repulsive. He is the narrator and main character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Every other character has a more pronounced character flaw; Tom Buchanan’s infidelity, Daisy Buchanan’s shallowness, Jordan Baker’s egocentricity, and Jay Gatsby’s phoniness. The reader learns of these through the observations of Nick, who tells the story as a memoir of his summer in West Egg in 1922. Nick’s flaw is not as glaring. He propels the narrative forward in one way; he is the person who can connect Gatsby with his desire: Daisy. Other than this, he is a passenger in the lives of the others: a facilitator and observer who displays a great apathy toward the evil which he surrounds himself with. Continue reading →