Calm down!

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

If it were up to me I’d be blasting judgment from my throne. I would wipe out – the Zika virus, the ex-president of…

Non-Christians Reflect on Calling

Books / Culture / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

“Vocation and calling, the editors of Calling in Today’s World note correctly, “are Christian concepts. They do not appear in other religions” (p. xi).…

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…

Finding Silence

Work and Rest

Sometimes silence can communicate far more than words can imagine. In St John’s Revelation, the last book in the biblical canon, the apostle is…

Culture Care (Makoto Fujimura, 2014)

Books / Maturity and Flourishing / Visual Art / Work and Rest

Beauty in Life An important word for artist Makoto Fujimura is generative, by which he means anything that brings beauty into life to bring…

In Praise of Inefficiency

Work and Rest

One proof of capitalism’s success can be seen in the unquestioned assumption that its values always contribute to human flourishing. Efficiency and productivity, for…

A Gentle Madness

Community / Family / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

“People have always collected things. Whether a vestige of our hunter-gatherer days, a need to forge order amid chaos, or a simple desire to…

I Really Like Your Shoes

Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

The first year of The Exact Place being out there is done. There were a few fleeting moments when I thought this could turn…

Wooden Clocks and Tiny Silver Balls

Community / Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

When I grew up and moved away I rarely saw them. But in December of every year I especially remember my grandparents. Each December…