Grace and Law at the Movies

If you get the chance to see Short Term 12 this weekend – it’s opening in limited release – you should. From my review at Christianity Today Movies: . . . the normal rules of moviemaking often dictate that either the law is good or working outside the law is good. (Often the latter wins out: see many of [Read More...]

Diving into Fall at Laity Lodge

It’s no secret to my friends that Laity Lodge is one of my favorite places on earth. (I was just telling a group of coworkers about my experiences there last weekend!) Well, they’ve released their fall retreat schedule, and there’s some great stuff on it, like a retreat about our stories and God’s, featuring Amy [Read More...]

Slowing Down . . . With Coffee?

Did you ever think about coffee as something that can slow us down? David [Blanchard], when he looks at a cup of coffee, when he smells the dried coffee berries roasting, when he rolls the beans between his fingers, sees something different. He sees the result of hours of careful labor, the work of sun, rain, and [Read More...]

A Last Supper

My friend Dyana Herron is a poet, and poets make the best prose writers, or so I’ve always argued. But she’s also wise and tells heartbreaking stories. Her latest essay, about her brother going to prison, is difficult and beautiful: I wondered if this was what my brother was going to do — binge on [Read More...]


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