The embarrassing church

Scripture / Spirituality

As my friend Donald Guthrie, professor at Trinity International University and president of Ransom’s board is fond of saying, it’s hard being the local…

Excerpt: The Second Mountain (David Brooks, 2019)

Books / Spirituality

This is a brief excerpt from: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (New York, NY: Random House; 2019)…

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…

On being chided and rebuked

Community / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

A good friend chided me for showing frustration instead of patience with some friends. Actually, the correct term is rebuked, but “chided,” sounds better…

The New Copernicans: An Interview with Author John Seel

Books / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In his The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church, cultural analyst, social-impact consultant, and author, John Seel, draws attention to a…

Building Wells In a Spiritual Desert

Culture / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Ranchers have a choice: build fences or dig wells. Wells are the better choice. In the Australian outback there are two main methods of…

A Scholar’s Prayer (InterVarsity, 2018)

Faith / Scripture / Spirituality

A prayer for discernment Good friends of ours, Greg and Mary Jane Grooms recently introduced us to a poem, a prayer I have been…

Somewhere Near the End

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Earlier this summer we had this rather rash idea of taking Denis’ mother to Cinco de Mayo in West St. Paul. We knew she’d…