Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

Social microhistories can capture big ideas. I’d like to write one on pickles, which are as fundamental to civilization as anything in Chesterton’s pockets.
December 5, 2014
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.
November 19, 2014
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.
November 6, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
Psychologists describe a "middle knowledge" of the reality of death. How much of this knowledge is good for us?
September 24, 2014
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.
September 10, 2014
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?
August 21, 2014
The debate about Scottish independence fits neatly into the categories the academic discipline of ethics likes to produce.
August 11, 2014
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?
July 24, 2014
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.
July 3, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
Despite bleak forecasts, many of today’s teenagers refuse to buy the marketed temptations to despair and fear. They’ll find a way.
May 16, 2014