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Dogs, Play, and the Terrifying Open-Endedness of Grace

Our family welcomed a dog into our ranks two months ago, and believe me when I tell you, it has been a journey. Kevin, named after our younger son’s kindergarten teacher (as well as the lead characters from Home Alone and The Wonder Years), is a white lab whom we picked up from a farm […]

Asking Our Kids to Save the World

I recently went to Barnes & Noble to buy a birthday present for my daughter’s friend. I walked into the children’s section, passing one table about elections, another about climate change, another about racial justice, another about women’s rights. It took awhile to find the picture book section. Don’t get me wrong: All of these […]

“All Dogs Go To Heaven,” But What About Felines?

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. – Mark Twain I suppose he didn’t feel any pain as the doctor injected the chemical solution into his IV, but I don’t know. Just like I don’t […]

The Reproachful Lectures of a Father: People-Watching in Gilead

If mid-twentieth-century Gilead were a real place, I would certainly buy a bus ticket there. This fictional Iowa town of Marilynne Robinson’s soon-to-be four novels has captured my imagination from the beginning, with Gilead (2004), followed by Home (2008), and Lila (2014). I can’t wait for the release of Jack (2020), but in the meantime, […]

Overworked: An Abundant God Divided for Us

There is no other word in the English language that is used to communicate such a wide variety of emotions as the word “mom.” Here are a few common uses: Mommy! – When your mom picks you up from school and you’re excited to see her. Mommy – Lovingly said with a hug and a […]

Giving In to Screens and Finding Home

There’s No Place like Home, and Other Moments of Vulnerable Mercy in the Movies

Grace at a Funeral

Racial Reconciliation and a Glimpse of God’s Kingdom

A New Cup: Shots of Grace for Every Transition

Motherhood and the Permission to Be Messy

God of Our (Lonely) Fathers

John Mulaney on the Self-Secluding Modern Man, and the “Damnedest” Father-Son Relationship

Under Robert E. Lee’s Shadow

Growing Up in The Lost Cause

Good Luck With That Self-Sufficiency You Speak Of

On Forced Relaxation and True Freedom

500 Miles and 40 Years of Healing

A Story of the Comforter Showing up in the Melodies