On Reading Augustine’s Confessions

Books / Faith / Spirituality

The uneasy feeling I had in anticipation of reading the Confessions was no surprise. I had read it before. It had stunned me—the beauty…

Stewardship in the Quotidian: The Kingdom in the Bathroom

Community / Discernment / Spirituality

The ethical dilemma of my Monday morning: what should I do about a nasty toilet seat? My local coffee shop only has one bathroom,…

Christian Faithfulness and Gender Dysphoria

Discernment / Faith / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World

Navigating Pastoral Care for People Living with Gender Identity Conflict (note: the names in this article have been changed) Oh, the things they don’t…

Race in America: A Conversation

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Reading the World—interview of Luke Bobo on Race in America “To love your neighbor as yourself,” Christopher Wright says in The Mission of God,…

Excerpt: Mink River (Bryan Doyle, 2010)

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The Nun’s Funeral The old nun’s funeral was held at dawn, in accordance with her specific wish that her life be celebrated as holy…

Living in a Boring Cosmos

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

Be of Good Courage

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It might be wise to resurrect a biblical greeting that was used when God’s people faced uncertain times—“Be of good courage.” The story goes…

St. Augustine on the Just Society

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

The Birth of the Christian Worldview

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Imagine a citizen of Rome thinking about the world the year Herod Antipas became tetrarch of Galilee—4 bc, the historians reckon. There are skirmishes…