Angels Among Us: A Patheos Q&A with Joan Wester Anderson

Twenty-some years ago, Joan Wester Anderson was writing about any number of things for parents, career moms, and more, until one of her son’s had an extraordinary experience. That experience, and her exploration of it and all that ensued, changed the course of her writing and triggered a great stream of interest in all things [Read More…]

Living With and Loving the Saints: A Patheos Q&A with Fr. James Martin

Ten years ago, Fr. James Martin wrote a best-seller: My Life With the Saints. In it, he introduced sixteen Catholic saints and wove their stories into his. Now he has updated this memoir with his reflections on the saints, his own yearning for saintliness, and new stories. Patheos invited Fr. Martin to answer some of the [Read More…]

Paul and His Passionate Priorities: A Q&A with E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien

Paul has often been a lightning rod for the church. Jesus may be called “meek and mild,” but no one has ever thought of Paul that way. From the beginning, he challenged everyone—apostles, church members, Roman authorities, fellow Jews. His writings are dense, passionate, and at times, as Peter wrote, “hard to understand.” Yet his zeal [Read More…]

In the Driver’s Seat: A Patheos Q&A with Rob Fuquay

There are multiple analogies for living the Christian life, but one of the most ancient is the idea of a journey—a journey through life, a journey home to God. And within that general imagery, we can pick up master works on such iterations as pilgrimages, climbing, sailing, dancing. Paul uses the image when he talks [Read More…]

Mystery and Hope: A Q&A with Thomas Moore

As the Christmas season approaches, some anticipate it with wonder and faith, and others dread it as a reminder of pain and loss. And then there are many others who simply do not understand or resonate with the meaning or purpose of the holiday. Thomas Moore’s new book, The Soul of Christmas, is for all of these, [Read More…]

Navigating an Unfriendly Empire

By E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. It happened. We elected a president. The world didn’t end and we still have the internet. Whew. Regardless of who won, at one level the situation is the same.Whichever way the election fell, a large number of Christians woke up disappointed on November 9. They found themselves [Read More…]

Paul for President?

By Brandon J. O’Brien and E. Randolph Richards. When news broke about an audio recording of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “locker room” talk, my mind went to a strange place: the apostle Paul. Paul and Trump don’t share a lot in common on the surface. Paul was a Mediterranean Jew; Trump is a New York [Read More…]