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...]

What is education all about, anyway?

IMG_4674-225x300

(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...]

On vocation and occupation

We long for what we do to grow out of who we are, for our occupation(s) to be rooted in our vocation. That is the hope of everyone’s heart. [Read more...]

To the nth degree

What seems almost innocent to begin with very often becomes horrific before the day is done. [Read more...]

Expectation affects program

A cactus flower near Camelback Mountain.

What we believe about the future affects the way we live, and this is true for human beings wherever they are, whatever they believe about the deepest things, the things that matter most. [Read more...]

To know the world and to still love it

974559_703480173016318_17104985_n-1-225x300

To be implicated, for love’s sake. In many ways, that is the question of my life. Why that happens, how that happens, is as deep a current in my own calling as I understand myself; I have been thinking about the responsibility of knowledge, teaching it, writing about it, semester after semester, for years and years. And at my best, I still see through a glass darkly. [Read more...]

Conversations with consequences, again

1080781_700704163293919_1355214861_n-300x225

Can it all make sense? Does it hold together? How do I find my way into making more sense? [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X