Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life
The collar says something to parishioner and stranger alike: while this doesn’t have to be the most important conversation of your life, it can be.
There is a black lab—a student's guide dog—lying on the floor during chapel. As I preach, I wonder what the dog is thinking.
I can see my dad's manuscript: the title centered in caps, the body double-spaced and marked up by hand. But I can't remember the words.
"Let it all out," I said. What came out was this: "I hate that man for having what I don't have. Why can't I smile with that kind of joy?"
Psychologists describe a "middle knowledge" of the reality of death. How much of this knowledge is good for us?
It appears that my friend Steve Hayner doesn't have long to live. It is breathtaking to watch him prepare to die as he lived.
What does it mean to "turn to faith"? To gather in the like-minded and bar the door? Or to take a riskier move outward?
The debate about Scottish independence fits neatly into the categories the academic discipline of ethics likes to produce.
At a historical art exhibit, I read that the images on display were intended for private devotion. Would it have been subversive of me to pray?
Empathy made it big in an era some call the "me generation." By discovering my feelings inside you, even you are about me.
As a Lilly Fellow, I was compelled by Mark Schwehn's vision of all academic work as the work of teaching, with love at the core of its mission.
"Sam!" she says. She's greeting me as if I changed her life. Unfortunately, I haven't a clue who she is.
Here in rural Georgia, it's hard to miss a monk in saffron robes walking through Wal-Mart. But we don't know what to think about him, so we don't.
Despite bleak forecasts, many of today’s teenagers refuse to buy the marketed temptations to despair and fear. They’ll find a way.
My student hasn’t allegorized Jane Eyre as Origen did the Bible. But she wrestles with passages until the text gives her a blessing.
Maybe this is your real prayer for others and for yourself. “Make this trial and tragedy a glimpse of your glory, a window into your world.”
Stephanie Paulsell teaches at Harvard Divinity School.
Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
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