Can You Smell That? (No.)

I’ll admit: I don’t know much – if anything – about ansomia, the condition that some people have that makes it difficult or impossible to smell anything. (I’m glad I don’t have it, though once in a while summers in New York City make me wish I do . . . ) But this little [Read More...]

Stop and Smell the Coffee

For many people in the U.S., today is a day off – and even if it isn’t, it’s the day after a national holiday, when plenty of us got to spend the day outside our normal routines, relaxing and spending time with family or friends. So this article caught my eye over at Verily: Stop [Read More...]

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...]


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