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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, […]

The Most Lost of Them All

Madness and Rescue from Kafka’s Prison

Overcoming Unbelief: John Updike on Feathers and Faith

Fusty Churches, Creaking Hymns, and Revived Faith

Grace at a Funeral

Racial Reconciliation and a Glimpse of God’s Kingdom

Why Richard Rodriguez and I Keep Taking Our “Inner Atheists” to Church

Belief and Disbelief in the Same Person

A Splendid Failure: A Preacher’s Guide to the Pulpit

Sermon after Sermon, the Message is this: Jesus Died for You

God Never Left, We Just Didn’t Know He Was There

Reckless Collegiate Escapades and a Relentless God

A Grave Burden

You Can Carry Your Memories, and God Can Carry You

Under Robert E. Lee’s Shadow

Growing Up in The Lost Cause

Pentecost Plans (near Minneapolis)

Breaking Down Barriers and Trusting the Spirit’s Presence with Us

Curiosity in Science — and Faith

Elaine Howard Ecklund on Virtues that Should be Shared by Laboratories and Churches

A Citizenship of Nothing but Belief

No Status Save that of a Follower of Christ