Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

I've never knowingly visited purgatory or fairy land, but I have set foot in a few small places that, once entered, prove to be larger.
March 6, 2015
What goes on in the mind of a leader who tires of building consensus and just strives to get things done?
February 20, 2015
On Ash Wednesday, as we remember our sins and ask to be forgiven, let's also remember what we love and ask to love it more.
February 13, 2015
The New Testament offers two compelling models for our relationship with money. When translated into a vision for a whole society, each is flawed.
January 27, 2015
Everyone is ready to bow a knee at the mention of Bonhoeffer’s name. Precious few of us have even heard of Ralph Hamburger.
December 22, 2014
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

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