The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars As the Lutheran scholar Martin Marty once observed, people these days who are civil often lack strong convictions, and people with strong religious convictions often are not very civil. ...

To Give Yourself Away

To Give Yourself Away   Most of us are first made to read Shakespeare before we have enough life experience to even partially understand it. It wasn’t until I was teaching King Lear in senior English at Stony Brook – and had a dau ...

David Brooks: A Holy Friend

David Brooks: A Holy Friend Dr. John Stott’s last bit of advice to his assistant before he died was simply this, “Do the hard thing.” “Uncle John” believed that choosing the easy trail, the road most taken, and the path of least re ...

Give Thanks and Break Bread

Give Thanks and Break Bread He sat down, paused before he spoke, and then said, “It's too much for me to give thanks. I cannot be thankful for this. I will never be thankful for this.” ...

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day   There are times I understand how pastors feel when people ask them what they do the rest of the week because the only time they see them is on Sunday. The Gathering conference could at least qualify as a reviva ...

Nothing Left Undone

I am at the age (and in a line of work) where people come to talk about what legacy they want to leave behind – in their families and in their businesses. In almost every case we eventually get around to talking about ...

An Unorganized Principle

An Unorganized Principle Hillary Clinton stirred up some dust in her interview in The Atlantic by saying, “Great nations need organizing principles and ‘don't do stupid stuff’ ...

A Guide for the Perplexed

The local newspaper is filled with stories of people needing help. Just yesterday I read about someone’s home burning down; a gravely ill child needing funds to cover treatment; low-income students in need of school su ...

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