Unless the Lord Builds the House

Four years ago, when I was getting up early in the morning to write a book about stability at our kitchen table, the cracks that run from the lentils of our doors through the plaster to our ceiling seemed a fitting metaphor: without a firm foundation, life fragments. Eventually, it falls apart. Not long after [Read More...]

The Gospel of Rutba

Hardly anyone ever visits Rutba House without asking, “So what does Rutba mean?” Once someone confessed they thought it must be an obscure Old Testament character they’d forgotten. But I always say, “I’m glad you asked.” We named this place after a village in Iraq because we never want to forget what we learned there. [Read More...]


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