You Can’t Think Your Way To God

Christianity Today has published an interview with my friend James K.A. Smith, the philosopher, editor of Comment, and writer of many books, including two that I use in my classes: Desiring the Kingdom and Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?. The title — and Jamie’s argument — is that you can’t think your way to God. The embodied liturgies and [Read More...]

Repeating Yourself

There was a great little piece on the NY Times Opinionator blog about “the art of repetition,” and about how someone becomes a better writer – by learning to write thank-you notes: Having opened my share of thank-you notes over the years and having watched my kids write their own, I knew that nonwriters treat [Read More...]

Pay It Forward (With Coffee)

This popped up on my Facebook feed this week and made me smile enough that I wanted to pass it along: Tough economic times and growing poverty in much of Europe are reviving a humble tradition that began some one-hundred years ago in the Italian city of Naples. It’s called caffè sospeso — “suspended coffee”: [Read More...]

Friendship Through Art Collecting

My friend Christy Tennant Krispin is one of the most intentional people I know — in the sense that she does many things in her life with a great deal of intentionality and thoughtfulness. One of those things is collecting art. She recently held a show in Seattle, where she now lives with her husband, [Read More...]


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