Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield, 2018)

Art / Books / Discernment

Seeing into other worlds -- in a novel Friends recommended Once Upon a River to us over dinner, saying it was one of their…

The Pioneers (David McCullough, 2019)

Books / Discernment

A problem in story telling David McCullough knows how to tell a good story, and as a historian has published a series of well…

Science & The Good (James Hunter & Paul Nedelisky, 2018)

Books / Pluralistic World

A scientific morality To be plausible a worldview needs to be able to account for morality. It’s not a surprise then, that in the…

Stony the Road (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2019)

Books

The fight against emancipation On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, forever abolishing slavery in the United States. It would…

Discerning Cultural Liturgies

Culture / Discernment / Pluralistic World

In Desiring the Kingdom, philosopher James K. A. Smith says that to be culturally discerning we need to view and respond Christianly to our…

Excerpt: Impossible People (2016) Os Guinness

Books

The significance of choice (an excerpt from Impossible People by Os Guinness) Choice—unbounded autonomous, subjective sovereign individual choice—is the playboy king of consumerland, and…

Margie’s 2019 Christmas Gift List

Books / Poetry / Spirituality

If you are looking for a special book for that special person who has everything? Why not check out this list of some favorite…

Our Planet (David Attenborough; 2019)

Creation / Movies

Wonder and stewardship Each episode of Our Planet (2019) opens with the same dazzling image. The camera is in space, hovering above the surface of…

Discernment Exercise: Cultural Lies

Culture / Discernment / Exercises

Lies We’re Being Told In the April 15, 2019 issue of The New York Times, columnist David Brooks published a thoughtful opinion piece titled,…

In Praise of Boredom

Art / Spirituality / Visual Art

Reading the World—by James K. A. Smith In Praise of Boredom In his book The World Beyond Your Head, Matthew Crawford talks about what he…