What Happens in Lent Doesn’t Stay in Lent


In a world where the only sacrifices that seems justifiable are those made in our own self-interest, there comes the annual observance of Lent for large tracts of Christianity. For forty days, observers give up habits and swear off desires as a spiritual discipline sharpening their focus on God and culminating in Easter. In my [Read More...]

Rich in Years: A Book Review


Book Review: Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life By Johann Christoph Arnold Edith Imhoff passed through life known by almost no one. I was one of the fortunate exceptions. During the Jesus Movement of the late sixties, she lived in the county seat town where I went to college. Before [Read More...]

Taste Every Moment: A Review of “Death by Living”


In your average Coldstone ice cream shop, you have your pedestrian tastes (strawberry and chocolate) and some esoteric ones (tastefully outside the box). N.D. Wilson, author of the new book, Death By Living, is on the faculty of an interesting educational venture out in Idaho called New St. Andrews College. He writes fantasy fiction for [Read More...]

The First Thanksgiving: A Review


If the Beatles had sung their song “Imagine” with Thanksgiving in mind, it might have started like this: Imagine there’s no turkey… Forget the stuffing too… No pie or cranberries… Just some eel and a turnip or two… Robert Tracy McKenzie, in The First Thanksgiving, hacks away much of the sentimental overgrowth of Thanksgiving. He’s not [Read More...]

Good Power: A Book Review of Andy Crouch’s “Playing God”


Andy Crouch has a lot to say and brings good street “cred” in saying it. He recently became executive editor at Christianity Today. He’s a senior fellow at the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. He’s on the governing board at both Fuller Theological Seminary and the John Templeton Foundation. He authored Culture Making: Recovering Our [Read More...]

A “Better” Book Review


It’s this thing about favorite foods. If I say I love something, someone else will hate it so much they’d rather eat a bug (quite tasty in many cultures and high in protein). If I hate it, someone will think me a neo-Nazi for trashing their food. I’m the same way; people who eat liver [Read More...]

The Global Public Square: A Review


Not getting along is nothing new. We’ve been doing it for centuries and we’re getting better at it all the time. The only major difference lies in that through most of human history up through the Cold War of the late twentieth century, we didn’t care all that much. We wanted to get along as [Read More...]