Decorating or Desecrating the Temple?

Culture / Discernment / Faith

I was recently at a social gathering with friends when their four year old daughter began pointing at my arms and exclaiming that she…

Seduced by Death (Herbert Hendin, 1998)

Books / Discernment / Ordinary Life

I had gone to visit Grandpa in Groningen, Holland, for the last time before coming to the United States to study in January 1996.…

Youth Culture and Growing Up

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

It is impossible to think about “growing up” in modern America without considering the role of the “youth culture” which every young person—even those…

Longing To Know

Faith / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

More people these days talk a lot about stories, when you might be expecting them to talk about truth. At a Borders gathering earlier…

Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love

Community / Creation / Family / Hospitality / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

There are few issues that have generated more political heat and extreme rhetoric, more anger and hatred, confusion and pain, than the issue of…

A Merer Christianity

Pluralistic World / Scripture

For a long time I found it perplexing that some of the most politically chaotic regions of the world are also places either where…

Discernment Exercise: Would Jesus Smoke?

Discernment / Exercises

I remember three things about the church I attended from 1976-1979. The first involves scary pastor-portraits in the hallway. The second, roller skating to…

Discernment Exercise: Listening to Music with Discernment

Discernment / Exercises

In the past few years there have been several movies whose soundtracks made more money than the movies themselves. While it’s true that there…