Faith Matters

Choir stalls and a labyrinth

Faithful responses to work, family, and everyday life

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
There is much hand-wringing about the future of theological education. Yet graduates still follow the Spirit's call into some form of ministry.
April 22, 2015
Azra Akšamija and Jo Murphy make art that points to things made invisible by fear—both our own fear and our society's.
April 8, 2015
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