A Faithful, Messy Purity

Community / Faith / Spirituality

There is a difference between keeping ourselves pure, and keeping ourselves aloof from a broken reality. It’s a huge difference. The first is courageous;…

Hearing is Not Knowing

Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

I suspect that many of us grew up hearing, from an exasperated parent or teacher, “Just how many times do I have to tell…

Bible Reading Program for Slackers & Shirkers

Faith / Scripture

For the full interactive PDF of the reading plan click here. January 1st: Resolved to read through the Bible in a year. To pick…

Why Bother With Culture?

Culture / Spirituality

You’ve heard the criticism. Perhaps you’ve been a critic yourself. The disapproval often goes something like this: “Why do you bother messing around with…

Meet Your Neighborhood Neopagan

Faith / Spirituality

With the Gaia ponderings of Lilith Fair and the post-apocalyptic blow-up of the Burning Man festival in the desert of Nevada, the summer of…

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…

A Tale of Two Parties: The 300th Birthday of Jonathan Edwards

Faith / Scripture / Spirituality

On October fifth, 1703, a little boy was born on the Colonial frontier in East Windsor, Connecticut. Three centuries later in 2003, eight events…

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…