The Poetry of Loss and Redemption

A lovely post at Relief by my friend Jill Reid about the poetry of loss and redemption: A few months ago, I stood in the cold corner of a funeral home with a twenty-one year-old college student whom I have come to love and admire very much over four years of teaching her. Just a day [Read More...]

Thank You For This Crummy Job

Over at The High Calling, David Rupert thanks God for his crummy job: I sense that I’m not alone. During the recession my friends went from the rolls of short-term unemployed to long-term. Others were underemployed, finding work as temps or part time workers, benefits trimmed or stripped outright. Others had to do way more with [Read More...]

Be Sure to Thank People Too!

The steeple of Memorial Church at Harvard

I’ll never forget something I heard at the baccalaureate service that was part of my graduation from college. As I sat in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, the President of Radcliffe College (part of Harvard) said something like, “The baccalaureate service is a traditional ceremony of thanks and praise.” Wow, I thought, that’s surprisingly [Read More...]

Life Imitates Hunger Games

I don’t know if you caught it in the news, but it turns out the Hunger Games films inspired a protest in Thailand – against the government: Months later, with Mockingjay, Part I, the newest Hunger Games installment, out in theaters, the galvanizing symbol is back in the news. On Wednesday, five Thai students were detained for using the salute during [Read More...]

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

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For several years, it has been my history to put up a bit of Thanksgiving history a few days prior to the holiday. So, once again, here is my version of a brief history of Thanksgiving. Several years ago I asked my six-year-old nephew, “On Thanksgiving, to whom do we say thank you?” He quickly [Read More...]

Don’t Overlook the Heart of Thanksgiving

In just a few days, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Yet for many of us, the actual holiday is so full of activity that we have little time for intentional, extended giving of thanks to God. So, as has been my tradition for many years, I am putting up several posts in anticipation of Thanksgiving [Read More...]

Can You Vandalize Vandalism? Imagine Lennon’s Wall

The Lennon Wall, a couple of days after it was painted white.

One of the popular tourist sites in Prague is the so-called Lennon’s Wall. I stopped by this shrine a year ago while in Prague while visiting my son, who was studying in the city. For over thirty years, graffiti has covered this wall, much of it in honor of or reference to John Lennon. In [Read More...]

Nespresso Rocks!

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Well, there’s a first time for everything. In my many years as a blogger, the last four on sites that advertise, I have never commented on one of the ads on my page. It was tempting in my former blog platform, because the ads were atrocious. I wanted to write something like: “I deplore this [Read More...]

An Ode to Copies

In The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone writes an ode to photocopies: 1. I make too many copies. 2. When using even the best machines, including those newly serviced and primed, a double-sided job is a risk. I say prayers while the sheets are sucked through the feeder. Hail Mary, full of grace(the sheets disappear), the Lord is with thee (the [Read More...]

How Technology is Enriching My Season of Thanksgiving

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If you think of technology and Thanksgiving, what comes immediately to mind? You might think of watching football on some giant screen of a million pixels. Or you might think of the technology that enables you to fly a long distance to be back with your family. Maybe the tech that enriches your Thanksgiving is [Read More...]

Absolutely, “Interstellar” Is a (r)eligious Movie

Have you seen the mind-bending Interstellar yet? I did, last week, and in Christianity Today I wrote about its religious dimensions: To me it seems that Interstellar, perhaps more than any of Nolan’s films to date, positively resounds with religious—even Christian—stuff that might not ring as loudly if you weren’t steeped in it to begin with. To wit: Cooper promises [Read More...]

Sharing Faith Online?

Something to chew on: only one in five Americans share their faith online, says the Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project: In an average week, one-in-five Americans share their religious faith online, about the same percentage that tune in to religious talk radio, watch religious TV programs or listen to Christian rock music. And [Read More...]

How recaps changed the way we think about TV – and our lives

Buried deep within this fascinating post about how TV episode recaps changed the way we think about both TV and our lives is a bold assertion: Our real-life ethical debates tend to bottom out at this point – the point at which, despite living in the information age, we can claim in Facebook threads that [Read More...]

A Subtle Grace

My friend Callie wrote a marvelous essay on writing (or not writing), reading, and life getting in the way. It made me want to write! My study is a nook on our second floor. My desk faces a window that boasts a view of baby oak trees that were planted about ten years ago. Brick [Read More...]

Re-Reading the Same Story

Over at Relief, my friend Ross Gale writes about re-reading the past, and writing a different future: A recently divorced friend told me how he and his ex-wife have different stories about how they met. His version is that he approached her at a party. Her version is that she introduced herself in a class. They [Read More...]

Your Labor is a Work of Art

Over at The High Calling, Randy Kilgore points that our work for God is, in some very real way, an art – one that anyone can share in. So what about our work transcends time and becomes something eternal? We sometimes believe that Christians are the only workers capable of doing the right thing or even [Read More...]


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