Living in a Boring Cosmos

Culture / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Consider being alone, still, in complete silence. It can be a precious relief, a lovely respite from noise, and busyness, and demands, and people.…

St. Augustine on the Just Society

Books / Culture / Spirituality

"It is only in God that human beings find fulfillment and perfection. If they have no sense of God, they have no sense of…

Letter to My Students

Culture / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Dear Students, I’ll tell you about two key moments in my life. They came close together. I think I was seventeen. I’m not sure…

American Gods (Neil Gaiman, 2001)

Books

A battle of the gods American Gods, by Neil Gaiman is probably the most significant work of fiction I’ve read in the last several…

Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman, 2017)

Books

Ancient stories from icy terrain When I heard that Neil Gaiman was publishing Norse Mythology (2017), a retelling of the ancient Nordic myths I…

Ambition (Erin McGraw)

Books

Ambition carries us into terrible places. I don’t understand why it has such a good reputation. People remark that so-and-so is very ambitious, and…

Dr. Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

Movies

When battles are within and without Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon with a worldwide reputation and an ego that…

Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen (Linda Heywood, 2017)

Books

The story of Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen is both fascinating and important. Fascinating because too many of us know too little of…

The Transformative Power of Story

Art / Culture / Spirituality

“Culture changes,” the Rev. Timothy Keller says, “when a society’s mind, heart, and imagination are captured by new ideas that are developed by thinkers,…

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Joby Warrick, 2015)

Books

The Story of ISIS If you are like me, a great deal of the conflict that roils the Middle East is rather unclear. Perhaps…