Celebrating Life’s Nitty-Gritty

Over at Good Letters, Peggy Rosenthal looks at the poetry of Brazilian poet Adelia Prado: I would like to feel, with Prado, that everything — yes everything — is beautiful, is holy, because it is God’s creation. Oh, I say I believe this, and I do believe it. But do I truly live it? I whine when the weather [Read More...]

Thinking About Anxiety and Depression

Over at QIdeas, this week’s question: “is anxiety and depression our new normal?” Some researchers say that 1 in 4 women are on antidepressants, and there’s a lot of talk about what causes this uptick (or if there even is an uptick) in the occurrence of anxiety and depression. There are four articles and a [Read More...]

On Crises and Middles

Ever feel “fair-to-middling”? In The Curator, L.L. Barkat ruminates on “middles”: Middle places can be unsettling. I wrote a whole novella I now look upon as a “middle” book. I wrote it at the same time I was fiddling with beginnings. And, oddly enough, I started the novella with the words, “The End.” The End is a logical place [Read More...]

An Outward Sign of Nothing New

Perhaps you’ve heard about the monument that a group of Satanists are trying to erect on Capitol grounds in Oklahoma. They’ve raised nearly $30,000 so far. Over at Christ and Pop Culture, S.D. Kelly explores what this statue and the hubbub around it actually says about us, and comes to some surprising conclusions: The members of The [Read More...]

Beware of Three-Second Distractions

Here’s a surprising fact (or maybe not): even a 3-second distraction can screw you up, especially at work: Researchers asked 300 Michigan State University undergrads to complete a tedious computer exercise in which subjects needed to remember exactly where they were in a precise sequence of tasks. The researchers evilly programmed interruptions to occur after [Read More...]

The Perfect Essay

This is a great essay – about essays, and about what a mother can teach a kid who think his writing is flawless. Criticism, at its best, is deeply personal, and gets to the heart of why we write the way we do. Perhaps you’re a narcissist who secretly resents your audience. Or an elitist [Read More...]

Numb Generations?

At QIdeas, Kara Powell’s talk about “numb generations” is available to watch. In it, she argues that stewardship of technology doesn’t start with kids; it starts with parents. If parents are addicted to technology and are not fully present as a result, that’s the posture children will mimic. Watch the talk here. [Read more...]

Endurance Makes Us Stronger

Over at The High Calling, they’re doing a series on thriving through stress, and John Blase writes on how endurance makes us stronger: I am a man of prayer. I don’t do it very well, but I believe in its efficacy regardless of me. Needless to say, I was a praying son of a gun [Read More...]

Living in Obscurity

My dear friend Katie is wise, and wrote a great little blog post about choosing to live in obscurity: Even if you have a modicum of success you’ll be just one of many. That is good. You should want it that way because notoriety is fickle. When you write you expose a bit of your [Read More...]

Constraint and Consent

My friend Kate Harris wrote a wonderful article about “Constraint and Consent, Career and Motherhood” over at QIdeas. Don’t be fooled: though Kate is writing from her own experience and thus exploring motherhood, her article is widely applicable and challenging to everyone, not only those who are women or mothers. In her essay “Paying Attention [Read More...]

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – A Moral of the Story

Karen King smiles at her fragment.

It now appears likely that The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is a forgery. (See what I have written here, along with links.) Professor Karen King and her Harvard colleagues have some mud on their faces, which may be useful to cover up their blushing. It seems that Professor King was fooled by a clever forger, [Read More...]

Selfless vs. Successful?

A good question: does being selfless mean we can’t be successful? Here’s J.B. Wood over at The High Calling: For me, as I grappled with how does my faith and my spiritual life play out against this drive to succeed and do well and deliver results and performance and all of that . . . [Read More...]

Was Jesus Married? Does The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Help Answer This Question?

Ever since Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code raised the intriguing possibility that Jesus was actually married to Mary Magdalene, pop culture has been fascinated by this question. And, even though historical evidence for the actual marriage of Jesus was extremely slim at best, and the evidence to the contrary was weighty, millions of [Read More...]

Daily Reflection: Lonely as a Solitary Bird on the Roof

Psalm 102:1-28 I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof. Psalm 102:7 The heading of Psalm 102 identifies this psalm as “A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the LORD”. The text of this psalm is, indeed, the outpouring of a desperate heart. The unnamed psalmist begins by [Read More...]

Brighten the Moon

In weird news for today, it turns out some folks are trying to brighten . . . the moon. Oh, and they’re connected to a cosmetics company: Somewhere between tongue-in-cheek pranksterism and an elaborate design fiction proposal, the so-called FOREO Institute—connected to FOREO, the beauty products firm—has a plan for “transforming the surface of the moon.” [Read More...]

Caring About Culture

Why should Christians care about culture? It’s a good question – and a complicated one, not least because we often define “culture” too narrowly. In this interview over at QIdeas, author Andy Crouch thinks aloud about what culture actually is, and why it should matter to Christians: I think the best way to think about [Read More...]


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