Joy to the World! But what about me?

If you’re not feeling the joy of the season, you’re not alone. Many people report feeling more stress and less joy during the holidays than at other…

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What’s in a face?

A friend of mine recently lost some weight. When I told her how great she looked, she said not everyone thinks so. Some people have told her she’s too…

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Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. By Karen Swallow Prior

I enjoyed Karen Swallow Prior’s amazingly well-researched and nicely nuanced biography Fierce Convictions. It was fun to learn that Hannah More is considered…

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A Happy Tune

Whistling, according to a study from the University of New South Whales, makes…

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Yesterday the Princeton, Minnesota, school district held an election. Voters…

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Smith: “The Secular is Haunted”

Last night James K. A. Smith, philosophy prof at Calvin College and editor of…

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Desiring “the good life”–but which good life?

Thoughts sparked by  Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural…

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Drawing as a way of seeing

If you’re looking at the sketch, you perceive that I am not an artist. And yet I draw. It’s fun. In fact, the very fact that I’m not good at it,…

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The Problem of Sickness

A three-weeks-long-and-counting bout of diverticulitis has prompted me to pull The Problem of Pain off my shelf. In the preface, C.S. Lewis notes that…

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On Diet and Desire

Last weekend Greg and I visited my sister and her husband and kids. We were taken by surprise: Judy and Paul were not the same people they were when we…

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“Oh who can make a log burn? I’m sure I can’t, can you?”

This morning I took my Bible and coffee down to the woodstove room in order to spend a few minutes alone with God before the day started. The fire had…

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