Matt talks with Cornelius Plantinga Jr., the former president of Calvin Theological Seminary, about miracles, the collapse of the sacred/secular distinction when “every square inch of creation belongs to Jesus Christ,” and why preachers should read more fiction.
This “best of” volume contains an impressive array of spiritual writing. Its essays, all of which have been published in Portland Magazine since 2003, give readers a glimpse into the aesthetic and theological sensibilities of editor Brian Doyle. More important, they model how to write well about faith, doubt, trauma, grace, sin, death, and beauty.
An elementary school in Baltimore is sending children who misbehave to a Mindful Moment Room. In a room with lamps, decorations, and plush pillows, the students are encouraged to use breathing and meditation practices and to talk through the incident that got them sent to the room. There were no suspensions at the school last year. A nearby high school used the same approach to discipline problems and saw a decline in suspensions and an increase in attendance rates (Upworthy.com, September 22).