Whatever is, is right

“Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that ‘Whatever is, is right;’ an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.” As must be, I am taking “A Tale of Two Cities” [Read More...]

On the power to convene

  Washington DC is a strange and wonderful place. For years I have seen it as a city of glories and shames—sort of like each one of us, but magnified as must be because it is a “city” after all. There are more of “us” here, and “we” become institutionalized over time, with systems and [Read More...]

The covenantal cosmos

Common grace for the common good. Recently I gave the commencement address at Covenant Theological Seminary in St, Louis. Over many years I have spoken there in many different ways: in conversations with administrators, faculty and students; lecture series; and classes and courses. I set before the graduates the vision of common grace for the common [Read More...]

Dear Steve: Do multiple careers add up to one vocation?

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From: Teacher Steve Subject: Trend in “Slash” or concurrent careers/vocations “Visions of Vocation” – Excellent book. Question: The disruption in workplace technology and economy has led to careers/vocations being divided into multiple-sequential/concurrent careers in 21st century for many.   What are your thoughts on this and the relation to  your theme of vision of vocation? Dear Teacher Steve– [Read More...]

Dear Steve: How do I find work that matters–and pays?

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From: Deanna Subject: “Work” versus a paying Job I am always busy doing something.  It seems the internet is my big platform for Christ.  Yet in all the good I can do online, I struggle to go beyond the “work” online that I don’t get paid for, but it is something I am gifted in. [Read More...]

Charlie Peacock and his muses

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(Originally posted January 2014) Even Charlie Peacock needs a muse, the artist’s artist that he is. But what is it, a muse? How is it different than that other strangely similar word, amuse? The difference makes a difference. The one is an old word from the 14th-century, meaning “to dream, to ponder,” or as a [Read More...]

Whole hearts, broken hearts

“The only whole heart is a broken heart.” I finally finished The Father’s Tale, all 1072 pages. At the beginning of Lent I decided to once again live within the story we call “the prodigal son,” though more truthfully it is the story of two lost sons. For many years I have read and reread [Read More...]

What is education all about, anyway?

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(Originally posted December 2013) Lewis and Clark. An expedition but also a college, and yesterday I found myself thinking about both. Staying for the week in a hotel a few blocks from the Columbia River, where the adventure across America began to end, I spent the afternoon at Lewis and Clark College, which last year [Read More...]


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