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Asking Our Kids to Save the World

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...
The Power of Love: Grace in Augustinian Perspective

The Power of Love: Grace in Augustinian Perspective

In anticipation of the publication of John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Power of Grace, Part Five of our “Defining Grace” series continues with this essay from Simeon Zahl, Lecturer in Christian Theology at Cambridge University. He is the author of the books The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience (excerpts of which can...
Can the Good Outweigh the Bad? The Case of the Philanthropist-Serial Killer

Can the Good Outweigh the Bad? The Case of the Philanthropist-Serial Killer

Each morning, as the coffee buzz kicks in, we all ask ourselves what must happen for the day to be a success. There are relationships to keep up, cleaning to do, work to be done, and exercise (if that’s your sort of thing). But as the day unfolds, the boat...
Now Available! <i>Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2</i>

Now Available! Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2

Have you heard the news?? After nearly two years of scheming, thinking, devoting, and writing, Daily Grace: The Mockingbird Devotional, Vol. 2 is at last available. This book features 365 entries written by more than sixty different contributors — and a whole lot of grace. You can purchase Daily Grace...
The More Walt Whitman Strove for Perfection, the More It Eluded Him

The More Walt Whitman Strove for Perfection, the More It Eluded Him

God comes a loving bed-fellow and sleeps at my side all night and close on the peep of the day, And leaves for me baskets covered with white towels bulging the house with their plenty … — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855) One of the more interesting things I’ve...
Never the Same Twice: Grace and the (Divinely) Inspired World of Jazz

Never the Same Twice: Grace and the (Divinely) Inspired World of Jazz

What I would really like to have been, given a perfect world, is a jazz pianist. I mean jazz. I don’t mean rock and roll. I mean the never-the-same-twice music the American black people gave the world. — Kurt Vonnegut For decades, a legendary trumpeter has taught an Improvisational Jazz...
Was Enoughness on the Ballot? A Few Words on Post-Election Disgust and Magnanimity

Was Enoughness on the Ballot? A Few Words on Post-Election Disgust and Magnanimity

I remember after Donald Trump was elected in 2016, those who supported Hillary Clinton complained openly and often of severe anxiety and stress. It wasn’t just the run-of-the-mill “let’s all move to Canada” stuff. A friend from college told me she couldn’t sleep because she was so scared about what...
Announcing! The Sports Issue!

Announcing! The Sports Issue!

It’s here, people! The Sports Issue has arrived to the printers and will be hitting mail trucks next week! If you’re not a subscriber yet, you do that here. Or feel free to buy single copies for your entire church volleyball league, here.  Until then, sports fans, step up to...
Count Your Midlife Blessings (At Your Own Risk)

Count Your Midlife Blessings (At Your Own Risk)

It’s not often that people my age ask me why they might want to go to church. Perhaps this is because mid-life tends not to be a time when people are looking for one more thing to do. They’re definitely not looking for one more thing to feel bad about...
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Ninety-Nine Problems (and an Actual Solution): The Holy Spirit’s Advice Column

If you’re not aware of James Parker’s mini-column “An Ode to …”, found in every issue of The Atlantic, you might want to add it to your list of regular delights. Each 500-word piece — An Ode to Small Talk, An Ode to Fallibility, An Ode to Cold Showers — is a playful, astute look […]

Another Week Ends: The Good Lord Bird, American Weakness, Election Anxiety, Romance, Segmented Sleep, and the Power of Sound

1. Probably the smartest thing I did this week was bypass most election coverage to binge The Good Lord Bird, a limited series on Showtime about John Brown. The show’s title comes from a nickname for the glorious ivory-billed woodpecker, a rare bird that represents understanding: “They say one feather from a Good Lord Bird […]

Was Enoughness on the Ballot? A Few Words on Post-Election Disgust and Magnanimity

I remember after Donald Trump was elected in 2016, those who supported Hillary Clinton complained openly and often of severe anxiety and stress. It wasn’t just the run-of-the-mill “let’s all move to Canada” stuff. A friend from college told me she couldn’t sleep because she was so scared about what might happen. A doctor told […]

PZ’s November Movies, Part Two

Part Two of PZ and John Glover’s November movie highlights is here! Set your DVR’s or tune into the Turner Classic Movie channel to see these wonderful films with profoundly Christian themes. All times Eastern, and, where possible, streaming alternatives are provided in parenthesis.  November 16th, 3:00 am, Solaris (1972) An alien intelligence infiltrates a […]

The Supporting Cast of Avatar’s Redemptive World

Our exploration of the gracious themes in Avatar: The Last Airbender continues. To start at the beginning, go here. I’m routinely struck by how richly the Bible presents its side figures for our consideration. Entire books and songs have been written on biblical figures that only appear in one chapter of the otherwise massive text. […]

Phone-Banking and Other Coping Mechanisms

You’d think that, as a person both generally anxious about most things and specifically anxious about the outcome of the 2020 election, I’d have frantically engaged in voter mobilization or information sharing over the past few months. Ideally, a more active approach might have instilled a sense of anxiety-quietening political self-efficacy (and some research shows […]

Our 2020 Dumpster Fire

I cannot remember a time I have been so focused on a date since the months leading up to my wedding. One tiny square on a calendar keeps my attention locked: January 1, 2021. If we can just get through 2020, I think. 2020 is the worst. If we can just change the year … […]

Home Security, Eternal Security, and Justification: A Quick Reformation Day Reflection

We recently moved into a new home and, as an incentive to take part in a discount on our home insurance premium, the company sent us a smart home monitoring system we could install to protect our home and prevent unforeseen emergencies. As I walked through the installation guide, I viewed a short video in […]

What’s Your Starbucks Story?

When I was 14 years old, I began working at the Dunkin’ Donuts down the road. I then flipped over to Burger King to work with my older brother. At 16, I left the burger world to run the drive-through at KCF/Taco Bell for a couple more dollars an hour. So when I needed a […]

Variations on Beowulf, Feminist and Christian

What Beowulf should have known was that he was a sinner just like Grendel. If they had both trusted in Christ as their personal lord and savior, Beowulf wouldn’t’ve had to kill Grendel, and they could have avoided all this mess. My classmate finished speaking, smiled, and sat down. My sixth-grade homeschool co-op English teacher […]

November Playlist

Special thanks to Glenn Black for help with this one. Oh and the kickstarter for the Electric Jesus soundtrack is live — do yourself (and the rest of us) a favor!

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On Cities Unseen: Living in the Homelessness of Grace

Last week I switched over my youngest son’s closet, exchanging his size five clothes for his brother’s old size sixes, and as I have done for the past three years, I took a moment to rue the fact that in a few weeks, we’d be moving to a new house and I’d have to pack […]