Be of Good Courage

Faith / Scripture / Spirituality

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…

The Birth of the Christian Worldview

Discernment / Scripture / Spirituality

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…

Finding the Book

Scripture / Spirituality

A close friend told me recently that he can no longer read the Bible. He isn’t as angry as Frank Schaeffer, whose Why I…

Responding to Questions About Old Testament Law

Faith / Scripture

Here’s the situation: A non-Christian friend asks how I can possibly take Old Testament laws against homosexuality seriously when other laws make provisions I…

At Peace, Always Troubled

Faith / Scripture

The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind. - Atiśa Dipankara Shrijnana (982-1054 AD, Tibetan Buddhist teacher) A sense of deep inner peace is a…

Resources for Understanding Scripture

Books / Scripture

Christian discernment is not the process of applying minds and imaginations to issues of life and culture. It is, rather, applying minds and imaginations…

A Poetic Endnote on Sleep

Scripture / Work and Rest

I know that some people think me a little compulsive for always glancing through the endnotes of books by authors I respect. Endnotes aren’t…

The Gnostic Life

Scripture / Spirituality

There are always people who talk a good deal about prayer, but don’t go near the creation theater. It is not that they don’t…

Blaming God

Faith / Scripture / Spirituality

The long line of ants parading across the kitchen counter leads to a jar of sticky strawberry jelly left open last night by someone…

Quietly Neglected Texts

Faith / Scripture

Whenever I reread a beloved book I discover details I had not noticed before. A description that changes how I imagine a scene, or…