Denis Haack

Denis is the author of The Rest of Success: What the World Didn’t Tell You About Having It All and has written articles for such journals as Reformation & Revival Journal, Eternity, Covenant, and World. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (Rania Abouzeid, 2018)


Humanizing a brutal conflict The basic chronology is well known. In December 2010, a desperate street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in…

Silence and Beauty (Makoto Fujimura)


Quiet Wonder It is possible to get through life by skimming over the surface of reality. Most things in the world of advanced modernity…

The Porter’s Gate Work Songs (2017)


We Labor Unto Glory Add up the hours spent on our job (whatever it is) and the myriad tasks (whatever they are) that must…

Silence (Martin Scorcese, 2016)


The silence beyond all enduring I read Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence a few years after it was first published in English in 1969. I…

Sapiens (Yuval Harari, 2015) and Homo Deus (Yuval Harari, 2017)


A Secular Story Yuval Noah Harari, who teaches world history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, knows the importance of myth and story. Ideas,…

Light in a Darkened Room

Books / Movies

When I teach on film and have the chance to recommend books I always include the ones written by Roy Anker. In fact, I…

Drawing a Line With Idiots

Discernment / Exercises / The Skill

I know, I know. My mother always told me not to call anyone an idiot, but really, what other word will do? I’ve just…

When to Argue or Not

Community / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Sometimes I swear it feels like everyone has become the worst sort of fundamentalist: quick to argue, slow to listen, no, unable to listen,…