Hanging Out with Francis Schaeffer on a Friday Night in College

Was Francis Schaeffer significant?  Was he significant for you?  He was for me.  I’ve got a piece up at the Gospel Coalition entitled “Everything But the Knickers: The Enduring Influence of Francis Schaeffer” that offers a brief apologetic for his importance.  Here’s a snatch from it: In a news cycle driven by the latest quotes [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: Up and In

We have heard their stories often in the previous decade.  The fire fighters of New York City who streamed into the two towers of the World Trade Center to rescue the hundreds of people who were trapped in them.  The names are available on nondescript web pages: Joseph Agnello, Sean Hanley, Robert Parro, William Wren. [Read More...]

Should We Pray for Tiger Woods?

Nowadays, husbands have countless reminders of the costs of infidelity.  On a regular, almost weekly, basis, we hear of another public figure who has cheated on his wife.  We see the news reports and the pictures of betrayed spouses and bewildered children.  We hurt terribly for the families and grow angry with the men. But [Read More...]

Owen’s Story: A Life-Affirming Piece from Men’s Health

I found this searing piece in Men’s Health–not the typical source for articles filed under “searing.”  But this essay by Hamilton Cain about his physically challenged son, Owen, is one of the most life-affirming stories I have read in a long time.  It’s entitled “My Son, Solved” and it comes highly recommended from another Owen. Note [Read More...]

How Box Office Superheroes Reveal American Spiritual Beliefs

All those box office superheroes wouldn’t seem to have a strong connection to American spirituality, would they? Aren’t those silly movies simply the big-screen realization of the adolescent fantasies of adult men? Well, maybe they are. But as a Vanity Fair blog (not linked due to content) recently suggested, perhaps there’s more of a spiritual [Read More...]


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