Discovering your calling, slowly

Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

Last night Margie read from and signed copies of her book, The Exact Place. Anita had filled Toad Hall with candles and flowers, arranged…

Character v. Personality

Books / Culture / Maturity and Flourishing

As Susan Cain points out in her fascinating book, Quiet, American society went through an important cultural shift in the opening years of the…

A Beautiful Woman

Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

A beautiful woman Yesterday afternoon we drove 90 minutes north from Toad Hall to an old theater in the heart of Minneapolis. We parked…

Media Bias and Nurturing Wisdom

Community / Discernment / Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

In his landmark film series, How Should We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer presented his audience with a frightening image of the manipulative power of…

Being Serious About Playing

Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

I taught a course last semester called Vocational Orientation—a course designed to help students uncover their divinely appointed callings in life. I began with…

Leaving All, Gaining All

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Safe Place / Spirituality

Author’s note: This was originally delivered as a talk at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL on April 1, 2011, as part of a series of…

Offhanded Joy

Community / Faith / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

Dedicated: To my friends who helped the homeless of Louisiana. To those whose ate mangoes on a beach in Hawaii while their water pipes…

Over the Rainbow

Community / Creation / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

Over The Rainbow Something died in the guts of our house. As it ripened and decayed, Denis searched for it in among the cobwebs…