An Invitation to Taste and See this Advent Season

The sacred anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmastide often seem dimmed and fraught for leaders in the Church because they can’t imagine a new way to come at those familiar stories and themes. In her new book, Taste & See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas, spiritual director Jan Johnson offers a [Read More...]

Chuck Swindoll’s Abraham: A Book Review

Abraham. A major figure in three of the world’s major faiths, this quite ordinary man from the Early Bronze Age (circa 2000 BC) touches us (including many who don’t know him) in many unexpected ways. His life doesn’t stand as removed from us as we think. Many outside the West (or First World) live very [Read More...]

Advent as Sensation and Immersion: A Review of “Taste & See”

BC_TasteandSee_1

Advent devotionals are among my absolutely most favorite things in the world. Each year, as the crisp breezes of fall give way to the sharper chills of winter, I begin my search. For weeks, I browse the shelves of local bookstores, traipse the digital trails of Google and Amazon, and ask friends for recommendations. Last [Read More...]

Three Tips for Facing the Future without Worry

9780830843145

By Amy Simpson Author, Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry I can relate to sixteenth-century French writer Michel de Montaigne, who wrote, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” I’ll bet you can relate too. We all worry about the future. And most of us are willing [Read More...]

Abraham as Archetype, Abraham as Man

BC_Abraham_1

As an academic, I am pretty much required by contract to embrace complexity: to be of scholarly (i.e., publishable) caliber, any argument forwarded must be nuanced; a literature review must incorporate a diversity of perspectives; the opposition viewpoint should always be acknowledged. In fact, what I often find to be the real beauty of academic [Read More...]

Called: A Book Review

Called-175x175

I began reading Mark Labberton’s Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today the same morning that I met a new mom friend from my twins’ Gymboree class for coffee. Their family had recently moved back to America from Asia, where her husband had been involved in an anti-trafficking ministry, and she had taught [Read More...]

Jon Sweeney on When Saint Francis Saved the Church

978594714863.jpg.232x

“I don’t think we can really grasp Francis’s life today unless we see it through the lens of his struggles, and unless we meet the friends and followers who seemed to do all they could to screw up what Francis started.” – Jon Sweeney, author, When Saint Francis Saved the Church This month, popular historian [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X