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…

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…

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…

Marriage: Is There a Place Between Cynicism and Idolatry?

Family / Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

Marriage is universal. As Christians, we know why. Genesis tells us that God created it at the very beginning of his creation of humanity.…

Taking Doubt Seriously

Faith / Spirituality

For a long time now I’ve wondered why so many people rise early each Sunday morning to trek to churches where they will be…

The Process of Conversion

Faith / Spirituality

The First Stage: Energy I always say that I became a Christian on September 13, 1981, at the end of my first week as…

Longing To Know

Faith / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

More people these days talk a lot about stories, when you might be expecting them to talk about truth. At a Borders gathering earlier…