One of the premier pleasures of reading is finding a new author. I recently discovered George Saunders's comic touch and sympathetic characters.
When I cling to anxieties or resentments, my whole body is like a clenched fist. Contemplative prayer requires unclenching it.
Multitasking is marked by a sustained sense of urgency in a world mediated by communication devices. Puttering is something different.
Filmmakers often defend cinematic violence by drawing a line between entertainment and the real world. But this devalues their work.
The TV series Homeland raises some grave real-world questions.
I work remotely, out of my home office. As such I am dependent on the smooth and ready operation of computer equipment. Recently I encountered some hitches.
The Gideon Bible treats the Bible as comfort food. But a diet of the Bible consists of conflict and confrontation.
After school, I was milking the cow and listening to the radio when I heard a menacing baritone intone the words, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." It made an impression.
Halloween's tradition of shadowy characters makes it as good a time as any to think on the reality of evil, sin and death that besets us.
If agriculture survives at all on the Great Plains, it will be very limited. What will take its place? Not many people, that's for sure.
I am not squeamish about most animals or insects. But snakes are a different story.
Air travel—perhaps paradoxically—tutors us in patience, a practice in short supply in today's world.
I am confident that the new creation will include animals. I hope that it will include Merle, my deceased smooth-coat collie.
While Christian scholars have long questioned body-soul dualism, it remains common in church circles. This may finally be changing.
If anything remains sacred in our culture, it’s the family. Yet Jesus challenged the family’s ultimacy.
My wife and I used to visit a bookstore at least once a week. We can’t anymore, unless we drive 20 minutes to the now nearest one.
Snow can be tiresome, even deadly, but it can also be a sign of holiness and of hope.
All zombie plots include great hordes of the stalking dead. But the genre is maturing.
Since the years of Reagan and Thatcher, we have heard a steady drumbeat about the limitations of government. But what about the limitations of the free market?
We owe our homeland patriotism, but not just any kind of patriotism—because just as we don't choose our parents, neither do we choose our country of origin.
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