Nourishing Gratitude: Being Thankful, Again

Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Work and Rest

One of the dangers of a comfortable life is that comfort becomes our norm. So, we notice when events dip below that standard, but…

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…

Should Christians Wear This Sh**t?: Discernment Exercise

Discernment / Maturity and Flourishing

This is only my impression, but I tend to believe that Christians tend to fall into two major categories: people who wear “Christian Tees”…