About Wendy Murray

Wendy Murray is a veteran and award-winning journalist. She served as associate editor and Senior Writer at Christianity Today magazine and has written extensively for other publications such as Books & Culture and The Christian Century. She has written 11 books.

The Brontës’ Grand Hope for the Master Wave of Calm

PBS recently aired an episode called To Walk Invisible, exploring the short, vaulting and tragic lives of the Brontë sisters: Charlotte -- author if Jane Eyre; Emily -- author of Wuthering Heights; and Anne -- author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The episode was as gripping as it was despairing, as these talented literary giants languished in a desolate home environment that crushed their spirits and their aspirations. Yet, by means of low whispers and darting glances, they began to cobble … [Read more...]

Thoughts That Console Me on Maundy Thursday

The Thursday before Easter Sunday is called Maundy Thursday in some traditions. I have attended many of these services and the feeling of desertion and despair, such as our Lord himself experienced that last night of his life, is always palpable. Entering a dimly-lit sanctuary you would see glowing candles adorning the altar, while all crosses on the altar are shrouded in red linens. As the service would commence the priest might pray, “Mercifully grant that we may receive the sacrament t … [Read more...]

The City of God v The City of Man

by Wendy MurrayAmid the perpetual dissent that arises from President Trump’s many actions and policies, I have been perplexed by some who have appealed to the teachings of Jesus as the reason for standing against him. (This has been especially true in the case of his Executive Order on the status of refugees coming from hostile countries.) Some Christian leaders have gone so far as to say that a person cannot support Donald Trump while calling him or herself a Christian.  Many th … [Read more...]

My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part Two (Audio) ~ Television as Holy Ground

By Wendy MurrayContinuing my conversation with Fred Rogers on the day we met in his office in October 2000,  I probed him on his desire to go to seminary as part of his preparation for the work he was doing in television. What was behind his desire to study theology? In what way did he see seminary training as germane to the work he was already doing in television?[Listen to Part One of this interview here.]In the portion of our interview that is included below Fred explains the … [Read more...]

A Picture of Civic Beauty: Be Kind to One Another

by Wendy MurrayA man keeled over and hit the floor hard one morning when I sat in my town’s public library. I wear earplugs when I work there, but even with those, the muffled THUD that I heard somewhere about me caused me to lift my head. There he was, lying in a heap on the floor under the desk at the computer station, his gray hair falling wildly about him.Those of us who saw this from afar turned our heads or took steps in that direction, while those in proximity to him, who also … [Read more...]

My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part One (Audio) ~ His Family & the Puppets

By Wendy MurrayThis posting marks the first of what I hope will be ongoing audio portions of actual interviews I've conducted with thought leaders and fascinating people over the decades of my career in journalism.In October 2000 I had the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh to spend a day with Fred "Mister" Rogers and his colleagues for a cover story that appeared in Christianty Today. The project had been a pay-off assignment for me in the aftermath of intense traveling, … [Read more...]

What Was Muhammad’s Intention for Islam?

by Wendy MurrayI heard a pundit say recently that “Jesus probably would have been okay with Muslims; he was around a lot of Muslims -- it was the Middle East.” That was the moment I decided the time had come for a brief refresher on the beginnings of Islam and the paradigm forged by its founder, Muhammad. What was his intention for his new-found system of belief? How did he determine to advance it? Just as--in trying to understand Christians one must continually look to the person of Jesu … [Read more...]