Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

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