Serving the Common Good: An Interview with Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf

Chris and I recently collaborated on an article about the political role of the local church for the upcoming February/March issue of Neue Magazine. In preparation for writing the article, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Miroslav Volf about politics, the local church, promoting human flourishing, and his most recent book, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. Dr. Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. He is the author of numerous books, … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Manifestos

Le Figaro Futurist Manifesto

In February 1909, the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published his Futurist Manifesto in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The manifesto exalted the future over the past, violence and aggression over peace and ecstasy, immorality over morality, men over women, the young over the old, the machine over the land, and the known over the unknown. Marinetti also declared that “the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed”: … [Read more...]

On the Origins of Books

Gilead and Home

Sometimes when I'm reading a good book, I come to a particular sentence or phrase that seems to have around it an aura of origin-ality. I can't help but wonder if this line might have sparked the creative fire that ended up as the book in my hands. I'm struggling this morning to come up with an example from my recent reading. But I can give a ridiculous example from my own writing life. … [Read more...]

iCEO: Part One

Steve Jobs Photo

The last great book I read in 2011 will be Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. This is the first of two planned posts about Steve Jobs, consisting mostly of random thoughts about the book. Part Two will come next week.1. Steve Jobs is a valuable book, if we let it be. For all sorts of folks: business leaders, church leaders, lay people, writers and artists, consumers and producers, everyone.2. Isaacson follows Jobs from his early childhood (he was given up for adoption at birth) and precociously brilliant teenage years, to the creation of Apple, his fall from the top, the … [Read more...]

Slow Church: The Book

Well, it is official and officially public: Chris and I just signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write the book, Slow Church. The plan right now is to write the book over the next eight months, with a release date of mid-2013.Chris and I both have such high regard for IVP - especially its Likewise imprint, which has published some of our favorite books of the last few years, including books by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Andrew Marin, Sean Gladding, Tom Sine, Scott Bessenecker, and Mark Scandrette, among others - that we never "shopped" our … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day’s Birthday

The-Long-Loneliness

Today is the birthday of Dorothy Day - the journalist and social activist who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement. To mark the occasion, I'm posting the essay I wrote about Day's classic autobiography, The Long Loneliness. The essay first appeared in Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (Biblica, 2010). I also encourage you to check out this wonderful video of Dorothy Day on the Christopher Closeup show.The photograph on the cover of HarperOne’s 1997 edition of The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day’s classic spiritual autobiography, captures the c … [Read more...]

Plotting an Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy

Whether your costume is back in storage or still crumpled up on the floor, whether or not you're still coming down from your sugar high, Halloween is over and so begins the unofficial start to the holiday season. (Hey, Costco has been selling Christmas ornaments since at least September.) This is the time of year we re-connect with family and friends, take time to acknowledge our many blessings, and of course celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It's also a season characterized by hyper-stress, hyper-consumerism, and, absurdly, department store stampedes.It is helpful for me to pause at the … [Read more...]


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