City on a Hill

John Winthrop’s famous speech, given on a boat crossing the Atlantic in the hope of forming a new kind of community, rooted in (Puritan) faith but also radically committed to “charity,” drew Tom Geogeghan into a bit of a rant about America’s self-perception: As Obama and his staff thumbed through the great American political speeches [Read More...]

Are you a Writer or an Editor?

My experience is that most editors could be writers; that many editors didn’t get the final degree in a subject and so would find it hard to get an academic post but are not a sliver less intelligent or informed. I found this list by Deborah Franklin accurate: An editor: Is good at puzzles, at [Read More...]

In an Age of Skepticism (RJS)

I have had a number of interesting conversations over the last couple of months, some in person, some by email. One was with a young adult who was contemplating how to discuss the Christian faith with a friend who was sure that modern science had removed all rational basis for faith (and was amazed that [Read More...]

Adam Hamilton on Why?

I love Adam Hamilton’s book, Why?: Making Sense of God’s Will, It is short. It’s wise. It asks four big questions: Why do the innocent suffer? Why do my prayers go unanswered?What can’t I see God’s will for my life? Why God’s love prevails? But this isn’t a book that gives all the traditional answers; in [Read More...]


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