Gloriously Ruined: Tullian Tchividjian on Suffering


Renowned pastor and writer Tullian Tchividjian explains the subtle ways in which God works through suffering to draw us to his grace. [Read more...]

A Must-Read Testimony

Jeff and Tara (Photo credit: me)

Here’s a testimony you have to read.  I know the story well, since I shared a home with Tara and her family for a year, and since Tara and I were in a small writing group together.  I’m a big fan of hers, and she has an extraordinary story to tell:  Scott, my husband of [Read More...]

The Life of Faith in Haiti: An Interview with Kent Annan

As we’ve reached the two-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, yesterday we published a reflection on the persistence of faith in suffering from Margarita Mooney at the Black, White and Gray blog, and today I wanted to speak with Kent Annan, who is actually engaged in the day-to-day work of rebuilding Haiti through his ministry, [Read More...]

Everyday Transcendence: The 99 Balloons of Eliot Hartman Mooney

Art, profundity, transcendence, these things come in many forms.  The entries so far in my “Everyday Transcendence” series have all focused on music.  Today I want to focus on the beauty of a life well-lived in the midst of suffering. To bring a child into the world is to take an enormous risk.  I’ve written [Read More...]

Are Christian Movies Really So Bad? Is Despair Wiser than Hope? A Reflection on "Soul Surfer"

Andrew O’Hehir at Salon recently penned a review of Soul Surfer entitled, “Why are Christian movies so awful?” He calls Soul Surfer “a trite, sentimental puddle of sub-Hollywood mush, with mediocre photography, weak special effects and an utterly formulaic script.” Christian cinema, he says, is “permanently stuck in 1986, with a self-ghettoizing mandate to present positive role [Read More...]