Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

At a reunion of our seminary's class of 1965, I talked to pastors who grieve that they have not left the mainline church better than they found it. They were faithful to their moment, but that moment blew away.
November 25, 2015
My Italian is rusty. When I go to church in Rome and try to follow along, I'm reminded of Woolf's "incessant shower of innumerable atoms."
November 19, 2015
Perhaps normal people no longer assume that church is part of what it means to be normal. Or perhaps the idea of a normal center was flawed all along.
November 6, 2015
As a child, I liked to survey strangers about what it means to be human. Brandon Stanton has created a fully realized version of what I was doing.
October 23, 2015
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