Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

We just took our son to college for his first year. It was hard for me, scary/exciting for him, and wounding for his mother.
October 1, 2015
A student I taught with recalls licking honey from Hebrew letters as a child. My own memories of religious education are less auspicious.
September 24, 2015
Jesus went slowly, purposefully into the eye of the storm. Only through the storm would he find what he was looking for.
September 11, 2015
Critics view genealogy as a kind of ersatz historiography, an individualistic reconstruction of the past. But there is more to family tree building.
August 27, 2015
I can still smell the wet canvas and sawdust of my father's revivals. He believed that any self-respecting revival was held in a tent.
August 12, 2015
All I remember from The Magic Stones is the image of a young man, some stones and blocks, and an experiment revealing the most perfect shape.
July 2, 2015
The mainline has long congratulated itself for being prophetic because it's good at voting for progressive agendas. But change happens at the local level.
June 18, 2015
In To the Lighthouse, two people who don't get along find themselves looking at a bowl of fruit. "Looking together," writes Woolf, "united them."
June 4, 2015
Be humble. Think of the imagination of God that brought creation into being; there could have been nothing.
May 22, 2015
There is much hand-wringing about the future of theological education. Yet graduates still follow the Spirit's call into some form of ministry.
April 22, 2015
Azra Akšamija and Jo Murphy make art that points to things made invisible by fear—both our own fear and our society's.
April 8, 2015