Remarkable Joy, Remarkable Sadness

Sadness and joy.  Sometimes we read something, and it simply jumps off of the page. Most of 20 years ago I began reading the Lenten meditations of N.T. Wright, and these words caught my heart.  “We discover that the story of Jesus’ ministry is not only the story of what he did in history, but [Read More...]

Longing for Something More

Some evenings simply mean more.  Like one from a few weeks ago when Meg and I had dinner on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We were there for the Kindlingsfest, a wonderful hope that has become incarnate over eight years, celebrating imagination, intellect, and faith among a [Read More...]

Over the Shoulder, Through the Heart

Over the shoulder, through the heart.  For most of my life I have thought about the ways we learn, about the ways we are formed as human beings, our habits of heart shaping who we are, and who we are shaping what we do. This past weekend I watched this very closely, drawn in as I [Read More...]

Seeing Ourselves As Implicated

“It would’ve been easier to join the garden club.” Not that she has anything against gardens, or clubs, but it was the way Mary Kay Turner explained these last years of her life. We were sitting in the living room of her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, talking about the complicated mess of the Middle [Read More...]

The world according to John LeCarre

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This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is the final one in our series reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Get the book from IVP at this link! One of the best chroniclers of contemporary geo-politics is the British novelist John Le Carré. From The Spy Who Came in from the Cold [Read More...]

A friend who tried to save the world

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This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Stay tuned as we continue to occasionally publish excerpts from the book here at Visions of Vocation the blog.  And get the book from IVP at this link! Over twenty years ago, Mark Rodgers and I decided to be neighbors, [Read More...]

The pilgrimage that takes you home

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This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Stay tuned as we continue to occasionally publish excerpts from the book here at Visions of Vocation the blog.  And get the book from IVP at this link!   One of Tolstoy’s best is Two Old Men. Set in nineteenth-century [Read More...]

I feel numb

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This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Stay tuned as we continue to occasionally publish excerpts from the book here at Visions of Vocation the blog.  And get the book from IVP at this link!   Written by a former MIT professor, Alan Lightman, The Diagnosis is [Read More...]


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