Genesis 11:1-9

All the earth had one language and the same words. When they traveled toward the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar, and they settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and let us fire them.” The bricks were stones for them, and asphalt was mortar for them.

Keeping House

Pastors, religious educators and denominational officers, take note: many people in your churches would appreciate a Christian explanation of household work. A big part of our Monday-through-Saturday lives is spent keeping our households reasonably clean and supplied with food and clothing.

Paradise Mislaid

One of John Updike’s novels features a listless minister who spends most of his time at afternoon tea parties.


We all know the thesis: country kid goes off to university and sheds Christian belief en route to brilliant literary career. Advocates of secularization point to stories of famous 19th-century Brits like George Eliot, Matthew Arnold and J. S.


Say the words food and culture in the same sentence, and many people think of foods they’ve never eaten, with names they can’t pronounce: foie gras, crème fraîche, pancetta. Now that vegan is chic, mesclun is modish, and organics have their own grocery chain, even more people are convinced that food culture bel