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Ezra Craker grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Calvin University, where he studied writing, political science, and Spanish. He was a reporter and editor at Calvin’s newspaper, Chimes, and a staff member of the campus creative journal, Dialogue. During his time in college, he also interned at the independent literary publisher Tupelo Press and the Center for Public Justice, a public policy and civic education organization.

In his free time, Ezra enjoys reading, chatting about pop culture, and spreading the gospel of the aptly named Great Lakes.

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‘Orbital’ Offers a God’s-Eye View of Our Fragile Home

by Ezra Craker 03-27-2024
Samantha Harvey’s new novel asks us to appreciate the paradox of our mighty and vulnerable planet.
The image shows the cover of the book "orbital" which has rainbow colored planet shaped orbs

Grove Press 

IN ONE OF her visions, the 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich saw all of creation in the palm of her hand. She observed that it was round as a ball and small as a hazelnut. “I marvelled how it might last,” she wrote, “for methought it might suddenly have fallen to naught for little[ness].” In other words, she thought it might vanish for being so small.

This is the feeling that pervades Samantha Harvey’s lyrical novel Orbital, which follows six astronauts as they circle the Earth and conduct scientific research. Hailing from various countries, they experience together a God’s-eye view of the planet they left behind. Continents roll past, political borders disappear, and a sense of urgency emerges. In a way only astronauts can, they absorb the simultaneous vitality and fragility of their collective home and reckon with the human-caused calamities that threaten it.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Unmasks the Danger of Prophecies

by Ezra Craker 03-06-2024

'Dune: Part Two,' Warner Brothers

Though Paul might be a Christ, an “anointed one,” he’s no Jesus. His road does not lead to a Roman cross. Instead of forfeiting power, he’s supposed to accumulate it.

Sojourners’ Top Movies and TV Shows of 2023

by Ezra Craker 12-01-2023

Graphic by Mitchell Atencio / Sojourners

At their strongest, films and TV shows can help us pay attention to — and by extension, love — the people and the world around us.

Christmas Is Canceled in Bethlehem, Say Palestinian Christians

by Ezra Craker 11-30-2023

A view shows the deserted area outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Oct. 11, 2023. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

At a vigil for peace in Washington, D.C., this Tuesday, Palestinian Lutheran pastor Munther Isaac spoke about the approaching Christmas season in his home of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

“How can we celebrate when we feel this war — this genocide — that is taking place could resume at any moment?” he said.

The Queer, Christian Yearning of Sufjan Stevens

by Ezra Craker 10-20-2023

Sufjan Stevens performing at the Sydney Opera House during the Vivid Festival.  Joshua Windsor / Alamy

It’s clear why fans created the once popular but now defunct Facebook page,“Is This Sufjan Stevens Song Gay Or Just About God?” But Stevens’ music has never been either gay or about God. It’s indivisibly gay and about God.