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…

Old Myths Resurrected

Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Some of the most popular films today depict ancient pagan gods as superheroes. The Avengers (2012), for example, directed by Joss Whedon, one of…

Faithfulness in Political Uncertainty

Discernment / Pluralistic World

Great forces have been unleashed politically, and the ripples set in motion are washing over our world. The 2016 American presidential election revealed that…

Polarization, reaction and faithfulness

Discernment / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

I like to think that my beliefs are pure, held only because they are demonstrably true, and maintained in a form untouched by the…

When Progress Breeds Problems

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Usually we are simply swept along by progress, and hardly notice how the advances in technology and the marketplace actually work themselves out in…

Darwinism falters over language

Books / Pluralistic World

If you have never read Tom Wolfe, you will have to take my word for it that he loves language. As a journalist, novelist…

A few words on living the dream

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

The headline on the cover of Self was printed in a font clearly designed to catch our attention. “Live the Dream! Strong / Sexy…

Idols in Our Modern World

Culture / Faith / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

To live in the modern Western world is to live where the public square is determinedly secularized. The players in the square in America,…

Winsome Series: Part 1 What Does Winsome Look Like?

Discernment / Ordinary Life / The Skill

One of our neighbors uses a pickup occasionally to haul junk to the dump or to transport furniture when a new tenant moves into…

Winsome Series: Part 2 What Does Winsome Look Like?

Discernment / Ordinary Life / The Skill

Occasionally I am asked what Christians need to do to reach the postmodern generation with the gospel. My answer is that I am not…