Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

In the midst of a procession of well-known stories is an image marking what's been forgotten. That's most of history, isn't it?
June 28, 2016
It's 2016 and the problem of evil is still unsolved. It's found a megaphone in Stephen Fry, who offers more rhetorical power than originality.
May 27, 2016
Pentecost offers a vision for Europe: not one megastate or one system for everything, but a model of diversity as peace.
April 22, 2016
Each year I ask my students to devise arguments for God. They respond less like well diggers than like beachcombers, gathering bits of evidence.
April 6, 2016
If the church is the bride of Christ, then Jesus is married to both Rachel and Leah—to the church he wants, and to the church he has to take.
March 18, 2016
At the least-visited museum in Rome, a marble cross caught my attention. It depicts the Madonna and Child and the warm tangle of their intimacy.
March 10, 2016
The exiled people of Judah turned to their stories—and found the belief that God would save them as before. Centuries later, Christians did the same.
February 26, 2016
Every New Year's, every Easter, every anniversary of his wife's death, Samuel Johnson took stock and prayed for the grace to try again.
February 11, 2016
One Sunday, I invited people to talk to us pastors about whatever troubled them. So after the service, I had no one to blame but myself.
December 30, 2015
In Fra Carnevale’s Annunciation, Mary’s face signals she is pondering the angel’s message in full consciousness of the joys and terrors it will bring.
December 16, 2015